How to request a cost estimate?

In order to provide a cost estimate, the conservator should ideally see the photograph in person, in order to examine it and devise a treatment proposal. Contact us to schedule an appointment at the conservation lab or on site. At this initial stage, a written report is not produced, and there is no fee for this preliminary assessment.

In some cases it may be possible to do a general assessment of condition and give a cost estimate based on pictures. You can send them to us by email.

What types of pictures are needed to request a cost estimate?

To give a good idea of the condition of the photograph, pictures of its front and back are necessary. The pictures should show the whole photograph, including the edges of the object. Additional detail pictures of damage are useful. The pictures should be taken in day light. An object indicating the size of the photograph is necessary, a ruler is a great option, but a coin can also be used to provide scale.

Overhead image of a monochrome photograph, depicting a bust-length portrait of a woman, mounted on a beige cabinet card. A metallic ruler is placed along the left side of the photograph.
Image of the recto showing the whole object.
Overhead image of the back of a beige cabinet card. A metallic ruler is placed along the left side of the card.
Image of the verso with a ruler to indicate the size of the object.
Overhead image of an ambrotype, depicting a knee-length portrait of a man and woman, mounted in a golden brass mat and preserver, in a half American style case. A Canadian quarter coin is placed along the bottom side of the photograph.
A coin can also be used to provide scale.