Heritage, Volume 18, Number 1, Winter 2000 Page: 29
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In any conservation treatment,
it is important that the
materials not only be reversible,
but they should also be archival
so that they do not add
contaminants to the object
that will hasten deterioration.
It is also important that the materials
last as long as possible so
that the treatment will endure.
Any treatment causes damage
because of the handling that
must take place. When treating
flags, the use of a sheer polyester
fabric for encapsulation rather
than silk will reduce the frequency
of repeated treatment. _
If a flag is to be exhibited, a
pressure mounting frame is a good choice
for a totally non-interventive system of support.
This is a system where the flag is
placed between an archivally padded panel
and ultraviolet light filtering plexiglas. The
unit is held together by a two-part framing
system that has a rigid aluminum support
on the back and a frame on the front. This
and honor. It is our responsibility
to make sure that they are not
mishandled with uneducated attempts
at preservation that destroy
the stories they hold in
type of system provides uniform support
over the entire surface of the flag without
any intervention; when the frame is
opened, the flag can be retrieved in its
Flags are important historical documents
and as their guardians, we must
make sure they are treated with respect
AIC Fellow Fonda Ghiardi
Thomsen, considered one of the
country's foremost textile
experts, is director of Textile Preservation
Associates Inc., in
*Contact the American Institute
for Conservation at
1717 K Street N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20006; (202) 452-9594 or
From left: Cynthia Harriman, of the Texas
Division of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy, and Bob Maberry, historian
for the Historic Flags of Texas Project,
watch as Fonda Thomsen works on a flag
from the UDC.
HERITAGE * 29 * WINTER 2000
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