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Under the Microscope in the Conservation Lab:
Consideration of previous treatments

1. Netting treatments:

A. In the early 20th century, a few flags were sandwiched between two layers of cotton netting and hand-sewn together with silk threads in a diagonal pattern. Like the flags themselves, the silk threads have weakened, so this treatment is no longer holding the flag together. Typically, this treatment will be removed.

Close-up of netting
Close-up of netting (1997.0068)


After removal of netting (1997.0068)

Front of flag
Front of flag (1995.3751)

Back of flag
Back of flag (1995.3751)

Close-up of flag
Close-up of flag with damaged and missing areas (1995.3751)


Note the losses due to the close and numerous stitch holes.

Silk flag with netting before removal (2000.0160)
Silk flag with netting before removal (2000.0160)

Silk flag after removal of net (2000.0160)
Silk flag after removal of net (2000.0160)

Wool flag with netting removed (2000.0162)
Wool flag with netting removed (2000.0162)

Wool flag after humidification (2000.0162)
Wool flag after humidification (2000.0162)

2. Laminate treatment

Before treatment of laminated flag
Before treatment of laminated flag (1995.2110)

Laminate partially removed from flag  note yellow color of laminate
Laminate partially removed from flag – note yellow color of laminate (1995.2110)

The chamber consisted of a layer of Gore-Tex, a blotter soaked with the solvent and plastic sheeting over the top, weighted down to create the chamber
The chamber consisted of a layer of Gore-Tex, a blotter soaked with the solvent and plastic sheeting over the top, weighted down to create the chamber (1995.2110)

After the chamber was removed, the softened laminate and adhesive could be carefully separated (1995.2110)
After the chamber was removed, the softened laminate and adhesive could be carefully separated (1995.2110)

After removal of laminate section (1995.2110)
After removal of laminate section (1995.2110)

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 6, 2006
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/btlflags/conservation/conservationDoingMicroPT.htm

 
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