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Edwards Funeral Home

Behind-the-Scenes: Artifact Cleaning and Conservation

How do we get artifacts ready for display? Each artifact is different and requires different treatment.


 Coffin before and after conservation treatment

Where did it come from?

It is unsold stock fromt he early 20th centrury funeral business of W. A. Edwards.

What work was done to it?

First, our conservation technician vacuumed loose dust with a HEPA-filtered variable speed vacuum. The nozzle is covered with a nylon screen to prevent loose pieces of the artifact from getting sucked into the vacuum.

Coffin before treatment showing detail

Then, it was cleaned with an alcohol solution.

Coffin showing partial treatment

Coffin showing cleaning

Finally, a coat of wax was applied to protect the finish and make it shine.

Coffin nearly finished