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    To Restore or Not Restore.

    I have had this little pot for some time now and I finally made my mind up to get it restored. As collectors we all have items that are heart breakers. In your opinion would you have done this or would you have left it like it was and please state why you would do either. 1st photo is how it was found, 2nd is it restored.Click image for larger version. 

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    For myself, if I found such an item in that condition I would have left it as is. I prefer my collectables to be as found (other than a very light/minimal cleaning) rather than having modern repairs done to them. I find that they mean more to me that way, warts and blemishes and all, than ones that have been fixed. More authentic so to speak.

    Just my perspective.
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    Some things i would repair, but others i would leave as is. I think the damage on the vessel was minimal enough for me to have left it alone. Looked like it had a good side to display and a not so pretty side with a story. looks good though.
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    I have no problem with an artifact being restored. But, if it gets sold who's to say the buyer won't turn around and represent it as an authentic piece? If you plan on keeping it forever that won't be a problem until your forever ends, but somewhere down the line it could get falsely advertised.
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    I don’t have any artifacts that are nearly that awesome, so I really can’t say what I’d do. Whoever did the restoration did a fantastic job though.

    Kindest regards,
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    Every collecting hobby has two sides. Neither side is wrong. restore Don't restore. I collect hit & miss engines. I have some that were in such a mess I had to go all the way, slick paint and all. The rest are restored mechanically but left rusty and coated with linseed oil. At a show it seems the younger folks like the shinny ones, the older crowd like the ones that look 125 yrs old. I think in the artifact hobby you need both kinds to tell the story. You need a whole piece to display besides the shards. I think you did right.
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    I had to read the thread twice to realize the second pic was the restoration. You did well. The restoration is fantastic quality. Did D.B. in AL restore this? He does flint but not sure if he does pottery. Gary
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    Looks good to me.

    In my opinion: There is almost no chance that your restoration created something that didn’t exist originally. Broken pottery items with rim sections missing are prone to breakage, restoration can stabilize a piece. It likely increases the odds your 1000 year old Caddo bowl will be displayed and protected for the next 1000 years.

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    Sadly, I need restoration more than my points! Nice work on the bowl. If you like it that's what matters.
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    I've never had a point restored. I think it would be ok however. As something of a potter myself, somebody did a fantastic restoration on that pot. Very curious how they did it.
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    Sure, it looks great, and it was no doubt restored faithfully, meaning there is no reason to think it look differently prior to the damage. It now looks as it did originally. Nor was it a case of a massive amount of restoration being required. Further, it is perfectly acceptable and common to perform restoration work on pottery. Certainly more of a standard procedure then is the case with flaked stone artifacts. Finally, if you like and enjoy the piece in its present state, well, you have only yourself to please, so enjoy it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    I had to read the thread twice to realize the second pic was the restoration. You did well. The restoration is fantastic quality. Did D.B. in AL restore this? He does flint but not sure if he does pottery. Gary
    I had a guy out of Ok. do the work, I think he did a great job and it didn't cost a arm and a leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuaream View Post
    Looks good to me.

    In my opinion: There is almost no chance that your restoration created something that didn’t exist originally. Broken pottery items with rim sections missing are prone to breakage, restoration can stabilize a piece. It likely increases the odds your 1000 year old Caddo bowl will be displayed and protected for the next 1000 years.
    You are so right there was more problems with the pot that had came up with time on the shelve. I'll post some more photos of the other problems a little latter, but now I know my grandkids will get to have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrffytr1 View Post
    I have no problem with an artifact being restored. But, if it gets sold who's to say the buyer won't turn around and represent it as an authentic piece? If you plan on keeping it forever that won't be a problem until your forever ends, but somewhere down the line it could get falsely advertised.
    On pottery you can see where a item was restored you just need to look and you will see it. On stone items you sometimes have to use a black light to show the repair. I have said this before if you are going to collect anything you need to know everything about that type of item from the real deal to a reproduction and this pot is still a authentic artifact, it's just been repaired which anyone can see on inspection.
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