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    Cloak made of intestine (whale).

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    Treatment date

    10 April 1991

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    Cape dirty & greasy from previously applied leather dressings. Mishapen & creased in parts. Many long tears & splits in gut. Many of applied black & red gut/skin fringe decoration strips detached.

    Treatment details

    Nov.1976:-Treated by Ray Martin:- Leather dressing removed with 50:50 WhiteSpirit/Petroleum Ether March 1986:-Treated by B.Wills &V.Carchidi(Intern from France):- Tests carried out to find best solvent to remove grease using acetone,White Spirit,xylene,Petroleum ether,IMS,water. Mixture of 20:80 acetone/IMS found to be most effective. Gut(not skin edges) cleaned with this mixture using cotton wool pads. Sept.1988:-Treated by P.Cruickshank & C.Ward(Refresher course):- Gut still very greasy from old leather dressing. Cleaned by sponging parka with sponges moistened in White Spirit & drying off excess with absorbent paper. To reshape cape it was placed in high humidity created by placing some damp blotting paper within the humidity tent. Left in high humidity overnight, then padded out & shaped using crumpled tissue paper,keeping the neck edge in psition whilst drying by encircling with cotton tape. Repairs to many tears & splits carried out using Goldbeaters skin (internal membrane) dyed & applied in strips or patches as necessary adhering them with a 5% w/v solution of Mowilith 50 (polyvinyl acetate) in acetone applied with a fine paint brush. 1988-1991:-Treated by P.Cruickshank :- Repair using Goldbeaters skin continued as more urgent work allowed. March 1991:-Treated by P.Cruickshank & John Moses(Canadian intern):- Repair using Goldbeaters skin continued as described above. At neck & shoulders there were some long splits & tears which it was not possible to rejoin due to shaping at shoulders where the width tapered very quickly. In these areas tabs of Goldbeaters skin were used to hold the splits together at intervals. Completed by P.Cruickshank in April 1991

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