Conservation of the regimental unit color, the U.S. Treasury Guards

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Journal Article


Smith, James B.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 14, Number 3, p.119-125 (1969)


cleaning, flags, mounting, paint, polychrome, silk (textile)


A 107-year-old silk American army flag with an included painted heraldic device was cleaned by employing simple, nonstandardized equipment. Procedure included wet cleaning with an anionic aqueous detergent mixture in a polyethylene sheet-lined wash tank. After drying, the flag was mounted upon a wool blanket and further supported by a dyed silk netting stitch-locked onto the wool blanket.