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Friday, May 17 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Textiles) Conserving America’s Pastime: the Treatment Of Baseball Jerseys

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The prevalence of textile-based baseball memorabilia in need of conservation, particularly game-worn jerseys, has increased significantly over the past several years. Institutions, auction houses, and private collectors are all players in this game, and each client has a different goal in mind when approaching treatment. While many textile conservators have experience treating these types of objects, no overarching documentation regarding the expanding market and relative concerns currently exists. Like the many facets of the fine arts market, the sports memorabilia community relies on its own authentication system and professionals. As conservators, bound by a code of ethics unfamiliar and occasionally contrary to the desires of clients, examination and treatment of such pieces can present a variety of issues. Often, the term restoration is a more accurate description for the expected outcome of treatment, particularly for those collectors who are unfamiliar with the conservation field. This paper addresses the issues surrounding the connoisseurship, flourishing memorabilia market, and evolving practices used in treating textile-based baseball collectibles. In depth case studies of treatments will also be presented.

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Meredith Wilcox-Levine

Textile Conservator, Textile Conservation Workshop
Meredith Wilcox-Levine is a Textile Conservator at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, New York. She holds an M.S. in Historic Costume and Textile Conservation from the University of Rhode Island and completed internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Oneida/Penobscot Rooms Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Textiles