Complete conservation reports, or questions about treatments, can be requested by appropriate parties.
Treatment: Jan.5th 2017- May 31st, 2018 Components: Iron Summary: I continued the treatment for 10 archaeological iron pieces that were undergoing NaOH soaks. When the silver nitrate test resulted in a negative, the pieces underwent cyclical hot washing to remove the NaOH. They went throughhot washes until the conductivity evened out. After drying under IR lamps, the pieces were air abraded with plastic beads at to remove flash rusting. To complete the treatment, the surfaces were coated with tannic acid, then coated in hot-microcrystalline wax.
Long Land Pattern Flintlock Musket, 1741. "Brown Bess".
Treatment: Feb.2nd, 2018- Mar.15th, 2018 Components: Iron, Brass, Wood, Flint, Leather Summary: In good condition, the object needed minor treatment to prepare it for an exhibit. Light green cupric corrosion that appeared in areas where the brass was touching wood was removed with solvent on a swab and a wood dowel. Iron corrosion on the iron components was removed the same way, with an extra fine synthetic pad and a dental tool being used for denser areas. The wood was cleaned with a mixture of water, solvent, and non-ionic detergent, then swabbed with water to remove any remaining residue. The two cracks in the forestock were filled with wax. To finish the brass was coating with microcrystalline wax, the iron was coated in lubricating Oil.
Saddle and Tack Treatment and Mount
Treatment: Sept. 11th, 2017 - Nov. 1st, 2017 Components: Leather, rawhide, metal (brass, iron), cotton, sheepskin, wool Summary: The Western Style Saddle and related tack were part of a project to create an efficient mount that would be inexpensive, made from available materials, archival, and easy to make. This was achieved -the complete report is available underneath. The treatment summary included determining if the white residue was mold or fatty spews from leather dressings. With research the residue was confirmed to be mold, and was removed through vaccuming (which removed much of it), and 1:1 isoproyl alcohol and water to kill the spores and remove the rest. A solution of water, solvent, and non-ionic detergent was used to clean the leather. Acetone was used to clean the metal components. Wood dowels and dental tools were used to remove ingrained dirt and leather dressings.