What’s New with the Coat?

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As with many artifacts, finding the most suitable treatments for the wool coat involved exploring a lot of options. Ten cleaning methods and thirteen consolidation/drying techniques were tested and assessed on samples of the coat.  Quite a lot of work, but now we have them identified. These methods will properly conserve the artifact, be reversible, safe, and inexpensive. 🙂

The coat is getting cleaner and will be ready to dry sometime soon!

Another Day… Another Gun Tool!

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A shot ladle was recovered under the wooden chest in Monitor’s gun turret in 2002.  Consisting of a copper scoop nailed to a wooden head, it allowed the gunners to perfectly load/unload the Dahlgren guns.

The tricky part was not harming the copper part of the object during the wood stabilization and the wood during the metal treatment. Good time, beautiful artifact!

Wool Coat

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Working on the coat
Working on the coat

Laura and I started cleaning the coat found in the turret during excavations. A special tank had to be built to flatten the coat to make the cleaning process more efficient. The artifact now lies on a plastic mesh allowing the dirt to fall directly in the bottom of the tank.