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Subject: Storing Byzantine glass

Storing Byzantine glass

From: Wendy Jessup <prevcon>
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2003
We are currently preparing to relocate our collections in
preparation for renovation of our main building.  At the present
time I am packing and stabilizing a portion of our Byzantine
collection to protect it against possible vibration from nearby site
excavation and have come across a sizable study collection of
Byzantine glass fragments with a considerable amount of iridescence
and surface flaking.  Instead of packing this material, we relocated
it in its trays to another wing of the building which will not be
near the excavation.  In the future we will have to pack the glass
to relocate it off-site.  I am seeking information from others who
have had to pack similar collections.

I am particularly interested in receiving suggestions for packing
materials that will not catch the surfaces or set up electrostatic
charges.  After the renovation the collection will be returned to
the building and placed in permanent storage.  I would like, if
possible, to have this packing material (or a portion of it) serve
as the housings in the permanent storage which I am planning.  Any
advice will be appreciated,

Wendy Claire Jessup
Consulting Conservator
Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd St., NW
Washington DC 2007-2961
Fax: 202-625-0427

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:56
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Received on Saturday, 29 March, 2003

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