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    RE: Ethnographic Object Treated with Mercury

    Thanks, Emily. No residue or red pigment was found on the bag. I provided the owner with general guidelines for handling the bag which included wearing non-cotton gloves and protective clothing, working in a well-ventilated space, and not touching ...

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    Silk

    Two questions: (1) Are there any relatively simple ways to stabilize and handle silk that has begun to separate? (2) Are there any even more simple ways to explain what is going on with the silk to volunteers (and  a new director with no museum expierence)? ...

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    RE: Ethnographic Object Treated with Mercury

    Hi Rhonda,  I am the C2C Care monitor for this week and am reaching out to others to find an answer for you. In the mean time, I have attached a resources list from a 2016 C2C webinar entitled  Arsenic and Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Material ...

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    RE: Ethnographic Object Treated with Mercury

    Hi Rhonda, this is a timely and excellent question for which there is no clear answer. It's easy to over-react. You might point the owner to this volume which can be downloaded free https://opensi.si.edu/index.php/smithsonian/catalog/book/64 Although ...

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    Ethnographic Object Treated with Mercury

    I have a beaded leather pouch that was offered to us as a donation.  We accepted the bag as an incoming loan so we could research whether or not we wanted to acquire the piece.  During this time an XRF test was done using a portable unit, and the bag ...