Below are a few selections of recent work that has come through. A nice grouping of repairs, restoration, and preservation. In order of their historical time line.
First, a buckle and strap replacement that was done for a fellow forum member, Deacon. Due to the scarcity of available parts and the lack of appropriateness in straps from later eras, this restoration was made from scratch using my stock of vintage horsehide. The strap was dyed, burnished, and polished, then worked in to reflect the age of the mitt. Sometimes, starting from zero is the best option. I think it came out well.
Next, a George Sisler model D&M mitt. Obviously lacking most of the original web. This example was repaired using horsehide from a donor mitt. I maintained the original eyelets and lacing.
A Joe Sewell model Winchester glove. I closed the seam separation on the thumb and re-laced the heel using custom made horsehide lace. Interestingly, while I was re-lacing the heel, I came across a detail that I'd personally never seen before. The eyelets were reinforced with a strip of woven Winchester labels. Fresh as the day they were made, minus the holes, of course.
Lastly, and certainly not least, a pristine Joe DiMaggio pre-war split finger. This glove had suffered some lacing loss, and unfortunately, some of the eyelets had popped in the web. I remade the lacing to it's original spec and reset the eyelets. Good as new!
Huntington Base Ball Co.