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Friday, May 17 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Wooden Artifacts) Separating the Three Species of Swietenia spp. in Rhode Island Furniture Using Direct Analysis in Real Time – Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry

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Separating the species of Swietenia spp. using traditional wood anatomy has been difficult since the cell structure of all three species is not diagnostic and the color and density overlap. Wood samples were taken from sixteen pieces of 18th C. American furniture made in Rhode Island, all in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery along with seven samples from the author’s collection. This study compared heartwood chemotypes of 34 samples using Direct Analysis in Real Time – Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (DART-TOFMS) to a known database. Results indicate that all three species of Swietenia spp. can be reliably separated and all three species were found in Rhode Island furniture made in the 18th C.

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Randy S. Wilkinson

Conservator, Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC
RANDY S. WILKINSON is a furniture conservator and principal in the firm of Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC in Baltic, CT. He received his training at the Smithsonian Institution’s Furniture Conservation Training Program and earned his Master’s degree from Antioch University in 2000. He... Read More →

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Edgard Espinoza

Dr. Edgard Espinoza is the Deputy Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, located in Ashland, Oregon. For the last 30 years, Ed has been involved in the application of chemistry to wildlife forensic science questions and this work has resulted in over 60 peer... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Abenaki Room Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Wooden Artifacts
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  • Authors in Publication Order Edgard O. Espinoza, Randy S. Wilkinson
  • Tags Wood identification, mahogany, Swietenia, DART-TOFMS