AUSTRALIA: INTERCEPT, the only practical solution for preservation of a fragile piece of Australian history

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:51 Written by Robert Lipsky Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:51

Endangered Heritage, Canberra, Australia, recently received a vintage ladies fan for treatment. The fan is part of the collection of an historic house museum. Significantly, the shining silver beads embroidered onto the fan are chromium plate over steel. Localized spot corrosion has already commenced.

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Imitation pearl beads on the fan are comprised of pearl finish paint over a wax core, which means no dry cleaning solvents can be used. The corroding steel and chromium plate beads mean that wet cleaning is also not an option. As a result, the work to clean the fan will be exceedingly delicate and time consuming. After treatment it will be essential that the fan remain as stable as possible, with further deterioration held at bay.

After treatment, the fan will be mounted on a fabric-covered board inside a presentation box, similar to that in which the fan might have originally been purchased. While invisible to the visitors to the house museum, an essential component of the support board will be the incorporation of a layer of INTERCEPT film. This will absorb any off gassing of corrosive vapors that may come from the fan itself, and will also serve as a barrier preventing any corrosive vapors from getting to the fan from its surroundings.

Endangered Heritage regularly use Intercept as a layer in their cloth covered support boards. It is not common knowledge, but many textiles that are regularly found in a museum environment emit vapors and compounds that are corrosive. When these textiles themselves are historically significant and vital to the display, there is no ability to remove the source of the contaminants. In these instances, Intercept products provide a means by which the conservators can significantly reduce or prevent deterioration, while having no negative impact upon the display.

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Victoria Gill from

Endangered Heritage

Endangered Heritage Pty Ltd