Caring For: Bone, Ivory, Shell, Quills, Feathers, Similar Materials
CCI has a variety of print and online resources to help with the care and conservation of bone, ivory, shell, quills, feathers, similar materials.
The following links to basic information of a general nature for the care and conservation of bone, ivory, shell, quills, feathers, similar materials.
CCI Notes deal with topics of interest to those who care for cultural objects. Intended for a broad audience, CCI Notes offer practical advice about issues and questions related to the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects. Many CCI Notes are illustrated, and provide bibliographies.
- CCI Notes 10/14 Care of Paintings on Ivory, Metal, and Glass (1993)
- CCI Notes 4/3 Conservation of Wet Faunal Remains: Bone, Antler, and Ivory (2007)
- CCI Notes 6/1 Care of Ivory, Bone, Horn and Antler (1988)
- CCI Notes 6/5 Care of Quillwork (1991)
Other heritage or conservation institutions also offer useful advice or helpful information that may be relevant to the care and conservation of bone, ivory, shell, quills, feathers, similar materials. These sites are external to CCI.
- Alternative Materials: Ivory, Bone, Horn and Antler (Pitt Rivers Museum):
- Bone, Antler, Ivory, and Teeth (Minnesota Historical Society )
- Byne’s “Disease:” How To Recognize, Handle And Store Affected Shells and Related Collections (Conserve-O-Gram 11/15, National Parks Service, 2008)
- Quills, Horn, Hair, Feathers, Claws, and Baleen (Minnesota Historical Society):
- The Care and Handling of Ivory Objects (Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute)
- The Care of Feathers (Bishop Museum):
Still need help with the care and conservation of heritage objects?
If you are a heritage institution or heritage professional, you can also request a service, register for training, or contact CCI for conservation advice or assistance. CCI’s mandate is to support the Canadian heritage community in preserving Canada’s heritage collections so they can be accessed by current and future generations.
Members of the general public are encouraged to seek advice from conservators for the care of personal objects. Appraisers can help you with questions concerning the value of your personal objects.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of a personal object, you can contact your local museum. The Canadian Museums Association has an online list of museums across Canada searchable by name or province.