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Conserving the Rufus King Traveling Medicine Chest

The New York City of statesman and diplomat Rufus King (1755-1827) was a grim place. Disease crippled the city, with its rampant overcrowding and meager sanitation. And despite their stature, the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Conserving and Photographing the Silver Collection

The digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s silver collection has progressed steadily since our last blog post highlighting presentation pieces in the collection. There are now … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Swedish Nightingale’s “Birds of America”

Jenny Lind, the acclaimed soprano from Sweden often referred to as the “Swedish Nightingale,” arrived in New York City in September of 1850.  Her first two American concerts were delivered … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Harry Harkness Flagler House Chandelier

Object conservation presents an opportunity to learn about aspects of an object’s history that cannot always be revealed by researching secondary sources.  Conservation done for the re-installation of a chandelier … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Conservation of the J. Clarence Davies Map Collection

The Museum is nearing the completion of the two-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded project “Conserving, Digitizing, and Creating Access to the J. Clarence Davies Collection of Art.”   Begun … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Duncan Phyfe Center Table

This Empire center table (36.160) featuring a painted tondo (circular composition) on its top is one of the highlights of the Museum of the City of New York’s furniture collection.  … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

Marine Conservation at the Museum of the City of New York

Artifacts documenting the maritime history of New York have been a vital part of the Museum’s collection since its inception, a natural result of the city’s water-bound geography. In 1953, … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

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