A couple of weeks ago (end of 2021) I was assigned the restoration of an antique toy in papier-mâché, a cow or bull on a cart, from the late 19th/early 20th century.

The legs had suffered significant damage as you can see. Probably due to some weight that was put on it while in storage. You can see clear cracks and displacement.

 

These crooked and broken legs turned out to be the biggest challenge in the restoration. The metal inside the papier-mâché legs also formed the skeleton of the toy and were completely crooked.

You can see the end result below:

The toy was cleaned and restored, the legs were straightended and repaired and we kept the old patina.