Al Bar Wilmette Platers, Silver Restoration, & Silversmiths.

Our History

Al 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.


About 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.

The 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.


127 Green Bay Road • Wilmette Illinois 60091
Toll Free: 866.823.8404 Fax: 847.251.0281

Al Bar Wilmette Platers, Restoration, & Silversmiths.