M Shields Ltd Vintage Light and Restoration
2503 Spring St, Redwood City, CA 94063
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08/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Every once in a while, you come across someone who is a master at what they do. Matt Shields is one of those rarities. I gave him a battered pair of good-sized 1930s alabaster lamps that my grandmother had passed down to me. They are very precious to me, and they needed a lot of help. On one, the base had broken off, and they were both dull and somewhat unstable. Yelpers had recommended Matt, and they did not disappoint! After seven days, these lamps looked absolutely stunning! They are also perfectly authentic to the period. He took tremendous care to re-stack and secure the pieces (gently shaving the connecting areas, as needed) so each fitted perfectly on top of the other. He used the best possible materials for securing each piece, replacing certain metallic parts with period-authentic items from his inventory, and re-wiring the whole. As someone with a keen eye for detail, I was enormously impressed. He is a true artist, someone who really cares about even the smallest detail. This is the kind of expertise and work ethic that renews your faith in humanity. I could not be more pleased.
I am very happy with this company, the owner Matt Shields rewired all my chandeliers in my old victorian house. I also bought two custom made fixtures which Matt had restored, and updated from gas to electric. I will most definitely use Matt again in all my future projects.