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Lest weForget, Best we Protect YOUR CONSERVATION QUESTIONS ANSWERED Relics from our military history are objects, which have been exposed to quite unique conditions. These conditions and time often complicate their future long-term care. It is important that the caring, repairing, storing or displaying of these items does not lead to new damage or the loss of their story. Conservation and preservation of military items is a science and quality conservation advice, has not been readily available to the public. Last Post wants to change that and help you to keep their stories and memorabilia safe. Last Post is pleased to offer a new column where readers can write in with concerns or queries about the artefacts they have in their family collection. Letters will be answered by a qualified conservator from Endangered Heritage Pty Ltd. Endangered Heritage is a conservation business in Canberra, endorsed by the National RSL for conserving our military history. Both Victoria and Andrew Pearce have years of experience at the Australian War Memorial and with other military collections. Write in to LastPost@endangeredheritage.com to get a response in the following issue. Dear Endangered He My wife recently fouritage in a shed. We recentnd an old gas mask which has been interested, so I thoug ly found it and the grandchildren we stored re very has some paint flakesht perhaps we should do something wit h and rust, what is the Harold SA best way to clean it it. It up?

Harold, firstly a quick in the filter. These arewarning, many of the old gas masks used asb not an item suitable for estos concerns about the item the kids. If you hav conservator. The marks s safety, wrap it securely in plastic and e any character and are wh and dents are also now part to of its his see a at makes it authentic. tory and products or more paint Don’t use any harsh if the item is kept dry. will flake. The corrosion is probably not a cleaning problem

Dear Endangered He My husband has a ritage press-stud strap, whknife in a leather cover with a ich has been in a kit few years. A few years bag for a crumbling green wax back I noticed there is a thick on the pre ss stu d and of the blade. The bla the edge fine. I polished off de itself is scratched but seems the gre en, dre sse d and put it away. Recen the leather the leather has come tly I noticed that the green on bac k. Re pea ted cle remove it, but why is aning does can I do to stop it? Mait always returning and what ureen WA Dear Maureen In a word “Verdigris” copper and the oils/fat. This is the reaction between dress the leather and s in the leather. The more you verdigris there will be. the oil seeps out, the more you wear gloves and Verdigris is toxic, so make sure cloth or a little methy just remove the green with a soft lated spirits on a cotton not dress the leather and bud. Do wrap it in non-acidic calico to try to absorb the excess oils from thetissue or Please make sure you leather. children and others and store the blade away from an edged weapon eve consider that open display of ramifications so check n in your own home has legal is always a weapon! with the local police. A weapon n has bee eritage. gered Hom ww2, which is getting n a d n E fr . It Dear . It is how box silk map I have a nd stored in a sare a few splits amed fr a re d it folde gile and the ’t had ld I get it n e v a a h fr o I hou very sided s fragile s double ut as it is so Qld b y re re eoff befo now? G framed ted tely prin deliberat the image rey. ff re o e e w G r s ap we Dea would these m o when Many of ry soluble ink s so the enemy d. The e re le v tu ib g p g ca ille usin ier was ecome re often would b thing if the carr ht fast and we posing lig x o E y n . rl n la io u learn gle miss not partic y result inks are d to only last a sin in a frame ma of silk. e e rm n c e ie ig -t p g des light lon splits. st white a map tonding up with jusnap and lead tout on a e o ill u w p o a y m silk in lines on ying the lax and The fold handling and la ays to slowly re ith non w d l it fu w r e re fe v Ca a non nch for a t, then co clean belds flatten is bescarefully around tissue ic fo it id e ll c th ro -a d let ore non e fabric and ssue an acidic ti ard tube. Roll m rotect th p c to ic e id ac e outsid re. th d n u to aro safe to s then it’s

me. Recently I r in a leather fraund any moths. Heritage. he ot ed er dm ng an da gr En my t fo Dear framed photo of ve looked and no T I have a small e was insect damage but I hay to get rid of them? Betty AC er th wa at st th be e ed th is notic at wh d an h r fis Could it be silve d other cellulose er damp paper ananything protein. aft go ll wi , ey tty Th Be t s. Dear ocious and will ea alia are vegetarian ! Carpet beetle Silver fish in Austrr. Carpet beetles however are fer me furniture joinspheromone trap so in e the glu lea r the ve A en l. but ne wool, silk and ev s of fluffy wool pil y want Leather feathers,lot of damage and look just like bitm out of the life cycle. You ma on as so the a e as do tak n les d ca ma an e y larva remove the males there to attract an tter for is the best way tohouse first. Then the trap will be leather wallet is probably be ptured the ca the of t is e mb ou ag bo oto a im ph to fle g it to ensure the tch. Storing the any new eggs hau might want to consider scannin yo d an oto the ph and safe. LEFT: Example of verdigris and carpet beetle damage on leather.

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The Last Post Magazine Anzac Day 2019  

In 2019 TLP editor Greg T Ross visited Japan under the Japan-Australia Grassroots Exchange Programme. To commemorate the visit and the prog...

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