This very ornate lath and plaster ceiling and cornice, built circa 1880's in Dunedin was badly damaged due to severe structural movement. This restoration posed several technical difficulties as none of the original moulds were in existence.
Seddon's staff removed the remaining damaged sections of the ceiling and re-constructed the cornices and enrichments in the factory before making flexible moulds to re-cast the pieces.
A total of six moulds had to be made for one length of new cornice.
When finished and painted the restored ceiling matched the original exactly and as a result it is impossible to tell where the repair work was carried out.