Howard and Mary Newman and their staff solve challenging problems restoring historic art objects including bronze, lead, zinc, pewter and spelter sculpture and statues, silver hollowware, French ormolu,and unusual objects and mechanisms.
Through meticulous research, Newmans, Ltd. employs a full range of technologies, spanning traditional silversmithing, chasing and finishing of bronze statuary and computerized rapid prototyping systems to reproduce and duplicate missing parts and recreate entire objects.
Newmans restores antique machinery and weapons such as flintlock guns, vintage fishing reels, antique optical instruments and artifacts from non-western cultures made of mixed materials including glass, wood, bone, ivory, and shell.
For more than two decades, Newmans has been a resource for owners and caretakers of public and private historic properties and collections, and has served as expert witness for insurance and legal claims, authentication, and copyright issues.
Newmans has worked with the following institutions:
Federal, State and Local Governments
- City of Newport, Rhode Island
- City of Providence, Rhode Island
- Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
- Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut
- Brown University
- International Yacht Restoration School
- International Tennis Hall of Fame
- The Newport Mansions (The Preservation Society of Newport County)
- Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
- St. George’s School, Middletown, Rhode Island
- Salve Regina University
- Yale University
Churches and Synagogues
- Church of St. Gregory The Great, Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
- Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island
- New York Yacht Club
- United States Sailing Association