With Thanksgiving on our minds, we want to acknowledge all of the families, collectors, and individuals seek out conservation and advice for textiles and clothing deemed vulnerable—and valuable—enough to invest in preserving.
A four-piece uniform worn by William Raymond Brown of Winchenden, Massachusetts, came to MTS from his great-granddaughter Heather Brown. First Lieutenant Brown served with the 10th Engineers in France, where he was responsible for keeping the lumber mills running for the duration of the war. The uniform consists of a tunic jacket, jodhpur-style trousers, a brown leather belt with shoulder strap, and an officer’s service cap with leather brim. Brown’s ribbons and pins have been removed and are in the possession of his great granddaughter. Rather than trust her 100-year-old heirloom to a commercial dry cleaner, Heather Brown had Museum Textile Services clean it before framing.
While our name may suggest that most of the clients we work with at Museum Textile Services are institutions, this is actually not the case. Our favorite solutions are those that meet the clients’ needs while also meeting the needs of their heirlooms.