This past spring/summer I took the plunge and had the bible restored. It wasn't cheap but the finished restoration is priceless!
When I received the bible the spine was missing. Sections of the bible were no longer attached and most were in the wrong order. Because the pages were flaking off I didn't try reconstructing the correct order.
When the bible was restored it was put back into the correct order and it was discovered that the first 16 pages were missing entirely. This means I don't know exactly when the bible was printed or when it came into the family. However, the front inside cover does show this:
It's a clue that as early as 1907 it was in the Brane family possession.
The before and after is just amazing.
Restoration work completed by:
Etherington Conservation Services
1010 North Sycamore Street
North Manchester, IN 46962