Cloak made of flax fibre textile, kakapo and fowl feathers.
- early 20thC (1900-1906)
- Found/Acquired: New Zealand
- (Oceania,Polynesia,New Zealand)
- Width: 149.8 centimetres
- Length: 109.5 centimetres
From acquisition notes: "Presented by Maori chiefs for funeral of the Hon. R.J.Seddon, Prime minister of New Zealand; deposited as tribute over the coffin."Mick Pendergrast identified the green feathers as being kakapo. The maroon coloured feathers are dyed fowl feathers.
16 June 1996
Consult AR re cleaning: clean if agreed. remove creases, preen feathers, secure any loose feathers. Advise on mounting.
Dusty, feathers dirty (most noticeably the white). Some feathers loose, some broken. Area of woven fibre top left hand side damaged, but not in apparent danger of becoming further unravelled.
Dust removed with brush and low powered vacuum suction. Feathers test cleaned with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol): natural pigments unaffected and appearance of white feathers very much improved. Decided to proceed with cleaning white feathers only. This was done by supporting feathers in a small section of cloak with a piece of Melinex (polyester), placing two layers of paper towelling directly behind feathers, then sweeping a swab of cottonwool, saturated with IMS, over the feathers. Repeated until no more dirt absorbed onto paper. Feathers preened into shape with fingers while damp. Broken feathers repaired using sections of vanes cut from new feathers, pared down with a scalpel, then adhered in place with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Loose feathers inserted into cloak as appropriate and secured with minimal quantities of HMG.
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Object reference number: EOC18204
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