Iron Iron Everywhere!

Back in March, we told you about the Jamestown Project at the MAC Lab with a “What’s New” update about a Civil War canteen that, along with many other artifacts from the Jamestown collections, had been damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Of the 34,000 artifacts contracted to the MAC Lab for treatment, only 3,000 are left to be returned to Jamestown, and 500 of those have been completed. The remaining objects have already been treated to remove a protective wax coating that was used in conservation in the 1950s and are being applied with tannic acid to inhibit any further deterioration. As this huge project draws to a close, with so many objects being worked on at the same time, the Jamestown artifacts are taking over the Lab!

Objects drying between applications of tannic acid


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