Al Bar Wilmette Platers, Silver Restoration, & Silversmiths.
Bar Laboratories, Inc. was founded by two craftsmen dedicated
to the restoration and preservation of fine silver and started
the company as a hobby for all practical purposes. The
two famous craftsman were Allan and Barnard and started their
business in Kenilworth, Illinois.
the same time Al Bar was being started a local Wilmette business
was also being started – it was located on Green Bay Road
(where there is currently a Ford automobile showroom). Wilmette
Electroplaters performed a full variety of services for the local
community and Chicago.
The two firms moved to 127 Green Bay Road and formed Al Bar –
Wilmette Platers. Since then Al Bar – Wilmette Platers has
become a leader in restoration and preservation of antiques for
the communities of Lake Michigan's exclusive "North Shore,"
just north of Chicago.
We acquired the famous Gilbertson Silver Company that was located
in Chicago, Illinois for over 100 years. Gilbertson’s performed
all of the silver restoration for Marshall Field and Company as
well as many high profile clients in the Chicago area.
Bettenhausen family has owned the shop for 25 years and has continued
to expand and improve the restoration services. Today, we provide
services nationwide, specializing in the restoration of metal items
found in both period and newly constructed homes.
Al Bar-Wilmette Platers is the finest antique metal restoration
shop in the country. Our staff of artisans blend historical techniques
with today's new technology to provide superior luster to restored
metals. Our gentle, nonabrasive methods preserve the detail in your
fine silver and sterling.
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Green Bay Road • Wilmette Illinois 60091
Free: 866.823.8404 Fax: 847.251.0281
Al Bar Wilmette Platers, Restoration, & Silversmiths.