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Lianne’s Linen Sampler Ca 1806

Lianne’s Great-great-great-GREAT grandmother, Hannah Epes, completed this sampler on June 26th, 1806, when she was 10 years old.  It came to us in the sweet old handkerchief box her grandmother kept it in, above, a keepsake. I like hearing the … Continue reading

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Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline Banner

Growing up in Southern California, the home of the automobile, I remember fondly this emblem as a kid! The Texaco Fire Chief Banner was in excellent condition, but dirty and creased. The back appeared to have been dropped into dirt, … Continue reading

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A little girl cuts doll hair and many years later…

They were found in a child’s coffin in an antique store in New Orleans! They traveled to Oregon; their new owner wanted them treated properly… The dolls have porcelain heads, arms and legs; Rhett had a broken leg that was … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag, 6, Testing and Our Finalist!

In our last post, I told a story about determining our reproduction protocol. Now, on to testing products! Never underestimate the benefits of testing materials. I am by nature an impatient artist and tend to dive into art materials and … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag, 2

The historic flag, above hanging on the wall of the Reception Room, a grand ballroom, is not the flag in its original form, but seen with modifications. How does that impact the replication process?  The decision has to be made … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Your Antique Quilt

When in doubt, ask a conservator before proceeding.  Most conservators will offer assessments at a low rate, and an hour of their time might save your heirloom. A good rule of thumb is to treat your antiques like you would … Continue reading

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Quilts as a Microcosm of History

I am sure that more eloquent history writers than I have written on the role of quilts as historical objects.  I want to share my perspective on the single object that we: see the most distress over condition issues, even … Continue reading

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