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New York Battle Flag Conservation Process - Consideration of Previous Repairs

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

As part of the documentation, previous repairs are photographed and their placement noted.

Previous repairs can include stitch repairs and/or pins used to hold the flag together.

Stitch Repairs:

  1. Most previous repairs appear to have been done during the use of the flag in an effort to repair the flag so it could continue to be used. These repairs are usually not well done and use coarse threads that further damage the flag. For the most part, these repairs are removed by the conservator, saving the threads for further study. The flag can then be realigned.

    The stitching here created a tuck, which prevented the realigning of the flag The stitching here created a tuck, which prevented the realigning of the flag (2002.0127).
  2. Some previous repairs do not inhibit the realignment of the flag or are now an integral part of the flag, so they are not removed.

    The upper hoist corner of the canton was repaired during the use of the flag with an additional fabric, perhaps a dress fabric of the seamstress The upper hoist corner of the canton was repaired during the use of the flag with an additional fabric, perhaps a dress fabric of the seamstress (2002.0127)

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