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Subject: Bird skin

Bird skin

From: Jennifer Hein <conservatour<-at->
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Anna-Isabel Frank <anna-isabel_frank [at] web__de> writes

>I am looking for information (personal experience or bibliography)
>about methods for the repair of severely insect-damaged feathered
>bird skins. Due to the insect attack, on the object that I am
>working on, almost the entire skin is lost. It is important to find
>a treatment to prevent further loss of feathers. Could anyone give
>me some ideas or suggestions?

Your problem reminded me of one we had at the Indiana State Museum.
Are you sure you have checked all sources within 20 feet for
dermestids. If there  is that much skin loss. We found a turtle
shell that was a pest site and then that solved our problems for our
eaten birds.

Jennifer Hein
Textile Technology and Historic Objects Specialist
Preventive Organics Conservator, conservatour<-at->msn<.>com

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:62
                  Distributed: Sunday, April 26, 2009
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Received on Monday, 20 April, 2009

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