Slave's helmet made of feathers, tin.
- Found/Acquired: Yola
10 October 1994
Reason for treatment
Organics : Clean featherwork, clean textiles and repair. Clean leather. Metals : Clean tinplate. Repair broken part with adhesive.
Organics: Extremely dirty and dusty obscuring colour of feathers. One corner of tinplate fitting - detached. Metals: Small patches of old rust present. Tinplate surface dirty. One supporting rib running up to the top has become detached. Two of the fixing nails used to hold the metal top onto the feather covered helmet body have become detached.
Organics: Preliminary cleaning carried out with vacuum cleaner and soft paintbrush. Feathers cleaned in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) using wads of tissue to absorb excess solvent and to remove dirt. Feather barbules realigned using a small sable brush. Leather strap cleaned with distilled water and cotton wool swabs. Metals: Feather covered helmet body covered with paper tissue for protection from dust and dirt. Central flat disc cleaned with swabs of Prelim polish (newburgh chalks,white spirit,water), degreased with swabs of acetone. Remaining metal parts cleaned using a soft glass fibre brush, patches of red rust being removed using a scalpel. Detached fitting refixed using 5 min. Devcon (epoxy) adhesive.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Af1908C3.425 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: EAF15119
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