Chris Dobson is an acknowledged expert in the restoration of armour and edged weapons, with over 30 years’ experience in the field, working for both private collections and public museums. His appointment as Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries made him the first recognized Master Armourer in England since the 17th century, and he employs his skills in a wide variety of techniques and materials: forging of iron, steel, non-ferrous and precious metals; casting in iron and bronze; engraving and acid etching; precious metal plating; patination and reconstruction of original colour finishes; hard and soft soldering; work in textiles, leather and other organic materials.
But more than this, he combines those skills with a scholarly approach to ensure not just accurate and sympathetic restorations, but full documentation of restoration projects and scientific analysis, publishing his findings. In this way, restoration adds considerably to what we know about the manufacture and original appearance of armour and edged weapons, and the Masters who made them. He also acts as consultant to private and public collections.
If you are interested in commissioning restoration or conservation work, you might first want to acquire a copy of Chris Dobson’s book on restoration work, which contains step-by-step photography of various restoration projects: before, during and after the work. All photos on this page are examples from the book.
If you would like to discuss restoration or conservation work, please get in touch via the contact page. Please note that Chris Dobson may require clients to provide proof of ownership of objects, and in the case of agents, documentation must be provided by the real owner(s) demonstrating that the agent is legally empowered to commission work on their behalf. Chris Dobson regrets he cannot accept commissions from agents acting on behalf of anonymous individuals.