I've been asked by our local museum to restore a vintage African Lion rug. The head shell is in decent shape considering that it probably was put together in the late 1930's. The mane is still full although it needs to be combed and straightened. The ears(pic) are not in good shape as well as the hide around where the claws are supposed to be. They are missing 11 claws but want all of them replaced. The body and tail have significant damage. Cotton padding was used for the front leg area only and it was covered by a light material which was put on before the felt was stitched on . There are areas where the hide is missing and other areas where it needs to be joined back together. I would so welcome suggestions and ideas to make this presentable again. The museum has a limited budget and I'm close so they've come to me. Maybe they're trying to tell me something. : ) Anyway, any input I receive is greatly appreciated!