by Megan Mary Creamer
Museum Textile Services recently spent a pre-blizzard Monday morning in Boston alongside the Mary Baker Eddy Library staff de-installing the famous century-old Peace Flag. Since 1936, the flag has been hanging in its custom-built bronze and glass case made by the Gorham Company of Providence, RI, on the second floor mezzanine at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Below the flag is a painted plaque reading, “This flag was made by 400 workers for World Peace and presented to Mary Baker Eddy as a tribute to her efforts in behalf of World Peace." It was given by Eddy to the Christian Science Board of Directors with the words “For the mother Church with love.”
Camille inspected the flag carefully and planned for the best way to pack and transport it. To keep the aged silk from shattering, and not introduce any more fold lines or other stress, the flag was rolled onto a padded archival tube with additional padding between the layers, making a soft and secure package for transport. Over the next two months, MTS staff will conserve this historic flag before returning it to its custom case. Be on the lookout for the next MTS Blog detailing conservation treatments, a new hanging system, and re-installation at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.