A few select examples of conservation treatments
The silver beaker exhibited a significant silver sulfide corrosion layer (tarnish). The beaker was cleaned and polished to remove tarnish and a lacquer coating was applied to protect the surface from further corrosion.
The plaster figure was missing its proper left hand, leaving the internal metal armature visible. A new hand was created and secured to the figure with a stable adhesive.
This bronze sculpture exhibited water damage and a layer of surface dust and grime. After surface cleaning, areas of water-damaged patina were toned and the surface waxed.
Mixed-Media Pin Cushion
The velvet covering of the pincushion displayed holes from insect damage and a tear along the edge. The ivory collar surrounding the cushion exhibited broken and missing elements. A lining was created to stabilize the textile component, extant pieces of broken ivory were reattached and areas of missing ivory were filled.
The ceramic bowl, which was broken into many fragments, had been repaired with an unstable adhesive and was overpainted. The old repairs were reversed and the fragments of the bowl were reattached using a stable adhesive. Areas of loss were filled and inpainted. The during treatment detail image shows the bowl after the fragments were adhered together and prior to filling.
The brass hourglass had detached and missing vertical elements, excess solder in areas, and was tarnished. The hourglass was polished to remove tarnish and the areas of excessive solder were toned. The detached vertical element was re-attached and the missing vertical elements were re-created.
Ambrotype and Case
The ambrotype suffered loss of its backing layer and tarnishing of its brass mat and preserver. The extant section of the case was missing three of its sides with the fourth side detached. The backing material was consolidated and areas of loss aesthetically compensated. The brass elements were cleaned to remove tarnish. The missing sides of the case were created and attached along with the extant side.