The Santic silks, worn and autographed by Glen Boss, a Sydney jockey also known as 'Bossy', arrived at the Museum framed flat. The silks were released from their non-archival mounting and framing system to enable their display on a custom-made mannequin. Staining on the Forrester silks was investigated with ultraviolet light technology, assisting conservators to develop treatment options while considering the age and stability of the material. The stain was then treated with solvent and other areas of damage repaired.
Photos: George Serras.
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Conservator Deb Spoehr uses ultraviolet light to investigate staining on racing silks worn by the jockeys of Gaulus and the Grafter in 1897 and 1898 Melbourne Cup races.
Deb Spoehr aligns the weave as the first step in stabilising a weakened area. A silk gauze backing will then be coated with a conservation quality adhesive and heat-set in position.
The silk repair is positioned over the back of the weak area on the sleeve. A piece of silicone release film is positioned over the silk backing.