The first-floor of the Cross House abounds with Lincrusta, which is inset between the base molding and wainscot trim. Most of the Lincrusta is intact, but there are missing bits and missing areas. In the above image I reveal the restored finish. The Lincrusta consists of two alternating panels, and a double row of Lincrusta trim above.
Over the decades, as bits of Lincrusta fell away, kindly souls had the good sense to store the bits in the basement. I inherited this treasure trove, but until recently all the bits was just a pile-o-bits. The other day though, young Brian and I, wild & crazy guys that we are, decided to sort out this puzzle.
We had rather a good time with this section. In the image it looks pretty intact, but it is actually comprised of seven pieces we managed to puzzle back together. All this was accompanied by numerous shrieks of excitement in finding a bit perfectly fitting into another bit. The shrieks, I can assure, were of the most manly kind.
The manly shrieking reached new heights when we were able to match one piece to its original location. We were able to match four pieces to their original locations. Golly, who knew that old bits of Lincrusta could be so much fun?
This piece, brilliantly pieced together from three bits, proved a bedevilment. It is not a full-width section, having been cut on the right side to fit X location in 1894. But we could not find where X location was. Quite frustrating!
The large bit, center-ish, fitted to a piece extant in the telephone closet. Much shrieking ensued. Perhaps however this shrieking was a tad less manly. Well, we were sooooo excited! Oh, the bits are sitting on the 1929 blueprints of the second floor apartment conversion.
I have NO idea how to reattach all these bits, and am hoping to receive expert advice from you.
I assume that I will have to lay out all the bits, on a HOT day, in the driveway so the bits can kinda melt back into a flat shape (none of the pieces are actually flat).
Then, how to attach?