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Preservation and Storage of pants
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:01:37 AM »
Here is some quick suggestions when storing uniform pants. The pants you will see pictured date from the Spanish American War period back to the Revolutionary War. If storage space is limited there are a few options that can be used but there are some conservation techniques that need to be utilized.

If you have to hang pants in a closet then padded hangars with muslin and acid free foam board and tissue paper should be used to create a barrier between the hangar and the cloth. Wood hangars are solid but are not optimal due to being a fibrous and porous material which could have underlying issues. Treated wooden hangars with varnish to seal the pours is alright but not a preferred option. Plastic hangars also can "Off gas" after some time and this could damage textiles. If there are no options then wrapping the hangar in cotton muslin cloth will be a good preventative measure, but keep in mind that you will have to monitor the color of the muslin and check for changes due to humidity, moisture, etc. There are preservation companies that sell archival type hangars.. GAYLORD industries is one of the leading archival and preservation companies.

We just recently moved all of our Pre Spanish American War clothing from vertical hanging to horizontal storage. This relieves pressure on items hanging down vertically. The process is simple. Before something like this should take place there needs to be some planning of where the items will be stored since they will not be vertical and space may be an issue. Gathering the supplies needed such as acid free archival boxes which vary in size, which can hold single pairs of pants and coats to having 2 or 3 pairs of pants placed on top of each other. Acid free Tissue paper, Acid free foam board and marking tags..

Once ready to place items in the boxes, you will get tissue paper and line the bottom and edges of the box with tissue paper to form yet another barrier between the cardboard of the box and the uniform. The boxes are acid free but another barrier of protection is always best. Using cotton gloves so as to prevent hand oils and dirt from getting on the fabrics, we remove the pants from the hangar and lay them flat in the box. If the pants are longer than the box, you can fold over the bottom of the pants and by placing a barrier of tissue paper at the fold this will keep the ends from touching. Once the pants are in the box, take another layer of tissue paper and cover the pants. You can then alternate and place another pair of pants on top of the bottom pair and repeat the process. We usually place about 4 pairs of pants in the boxes this way. Once the pants are in the box we label the outside of the box with the contents. The boxes can then be stored on top of the lockers.

For uniform coats, it is the same process, layering the box with tissue paper and then alternating the direction that they are placed in box. This relieves the stress on the threads and the coat when it was hanging down. Some of the heavier coats have accouterments and heavy wire and thread insignia and ribbon that over time can separate because the thread used to attach the items was weakened over time.

The following pictures show the before and after of vertical hanging and then horizontal storage. The first picture shows the padded hangars and the foam board that was used as a buffer to separate the cuff of the pants with the waist so there was a barrier and the hanging fabric is not touching..

Follow on pictures show the tissue paper, acid free box and the placement of the pants in the box..

Hope this tutorial can be of some assistance to everyone.. Happy Collecting and Conservation...

Any questions please feel free to ask..

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Re: Preservation and Storage of pants
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 08:28:22 AM »
Here is a coat that is now in a box.. Same technique as the pants and then the label on the outside of the box describing the contents. This makes inventory a lot easier so we don't have to dig through boxes..


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Re: Preservation and Storage of pants
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2016, 08:32:32 AM »
Fantastic info and great photos. Very helpful. Thanks !


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Re: Preservation and Storage of pants
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2016, 09:04:29 AM »
Great information you have shared with us.  Thanks.   
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