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Ultimate Restorations

The Illions Supreme Carousel: A Rare Masterpiece

Engineers and artists restore a spectacular carousel made by renowned carver Marcus Charles Illions.
  • program length: 60 minutes
  • episode #107

Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00 pm on 12.1


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ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS follows the rescue and refurbishment of some of the most valuable mechanical icons of the Golden Age (1880-1940), an era considered a high point in innovation and craftsmanship. The series tells the spellbinding stories behind the restorations of eight irreplaceable masterpieces — from a fire engine, a railroad car and a yacht to a carousel, a spy plane and the world's largest musical instrument. The passionate restorers and committed craftspeople discuss the challenges associated with reviving these massive icons. The drama can involve moving huge pieces of equipment, salvaging from sea-floor beds, searching for rare parts, and dealing with complicated mechanical systems.