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CONSERVATION OF A MILITARY TUNIC INCLUDING THE USE OF GUIDE THREADS FOR POSITIONING REPAIRS

JAN VUORI, & ROBIN HANSON



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors wish to thank the following CCI staff for their expert assistance: colleagues in the textile laboratory, particularly Renée Dancause, who assisted with the insertion of the new silk lining; Tom Stone and Janet Mason, who advised on the treatment of the leather; Gregory Young, who conducted the leather shrinkage temperature measurements; and Jeremy Powell and Carl Bigras, who took the photographs. The authors also thank Gaelen Gordon, private conservator, who executed part of the treatment; Helen Holt, conservator of dress and insignia at the Canadian War Museum, who provided silk twill fabric; and Andre Gousse, former curator at Parks Canada, Heritage Presentation and Public Education Division, who shared his knowledge of Canadian military dress.



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SOURCES OF MATERIALS

Beva film

Conservator's Products Company of Canada

23 Morrow Ave.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6R 2H9

Irgalan dyes

St. Lawrence Aniline Co. Ltd.

P.O. Box 1232

Brockville, Ontario, Canada K6V 5W2

Needles (13 cm)

Tailorform No. 769

dollmaker and soft sculpture supply house

Reemay

University Products

Division of BFB Sales

6353 Millcreek Drive, Unit 8

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5N 2M2

Rotring Artist Color Transparent Ink

artist supply houses

Silk Crepeline

Paul L. G. Dulac & Cie

24, Ave. Joannes Masset

C.P. 718

69256 Lyon Cedex 09, France

Tetex

B&SH Thompson and Co. Ltd.

921 Progress Ave., Unit 22

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1J 3V4

Wool Fabric

Gebruder Mehler GMBH

Postfach 1320

8593 Tirschenreuth, Germany

Testfabrics

P.O. Box 26

415 Delaware Ave.

West Pittston, Pa. 18643


AUTHOR INFORMATION

JAN VUORI received a B.A. (Honors) degree in classical studies in 1978 from Queen's University. This was followed by a master of art conservation degree that included internships at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Conservation Institute. Since 1981 she has worked at the Canadian Conservation Institute, primarily in the Textile Laboratory, as well as in the Objects and Archaeology Laboratories. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators. Address: Canadian Conservation Institute, 1030 Innes Rd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0M5; e-mail: jan_vuori@pch.gc.ca

ROBIN M. HANSON received a B.A. in art history from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. in arts administration from New York University. She completed graduate training in conservation, with a specialization in textiles, at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, after having spent her third-year internship at CCI. She then undertook a two-year advanced internship in textile conservation with the National Park Service and currently is assistant conservator of textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Address: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106; e-mail: hanson@cma-oh.org

Received for review August 1, 1999. Revised manuscript received November 30, 1999. Accepted for publication February 3, 2000.