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Developing New Methods for Recoloring Faded Taxidermy

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Case Study: Flying Squirrel Treatment

Another of the specimens treated as part of our preparation for our Care of Historic Mammalian Taxidermy workshop at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) 2017 … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Case Study: Lemur Mount Treatment Part 2: Treatment

In addition to thorough condition examination and photographic documentation, conservation treatment decisions should begin with a clear proposal to be approved by Collections Managers, Curators, or other stakeholders prior to beginning … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Case Study: Lemur Mount Treatment Part 1: Condition Examination

In addition to testing the stability of metal-complex dyes, we have been studying condition issues facing historic taxidermy collections (see our previous posts on the Mammalogy condition survey) and performing … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Surveying Historic Taxidermy Part 3: Results

Our condition survey of historic mammalian taxidermy in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Mammalogy (see previous post), supplied an understanding of the most common condition issues affecting … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Surveying Historic Taxidermy Part 1: Goals and Parameters

Alongside the lightfastness testing described earlier in this blog, we are developing tools to support the efforts of other individuals and institutions seeking to preserve collections of historic mammalian taxidermy. … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

It’s All In the Preparation: Part 1

As earlier posts have mentioned, the first phase of our research aims to establish the lightfastness of the Orasol® and similar Sorasolve metal-complex solvent dyes in isolation‒ that is, in … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

Accelerated Aging Chamber, Part 2

Part 1 of our posts on accelerated aging instrumentation introduced the Q-SUN Xe-3 accelerated aging chamber. In this posting we describe some of the challenges we have experienced in installing … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment