Conservation Project: Costume Accessories, Hand Muffs and Warmers

In their new mounts, the muffs are supported through the center as they would have been during use. Holding the muffs in this way prevents the exterior from being touched, compressed or distorted in storage. This open position also reduces the need to handle the muffs, since they can be examined from all sides.

The center supports are constructed of fabric-covered padded boards or Plexiglas dowels. The dowels are inserted with a loose silk or Tyvek slip layer in order to avoid damaging the delicate silk linings. Custom-sized boxes, designed to hold the center supports in place, serve as handling and lifting devices, as well as safety catches if parts become loose or separated.

See photos of hand muffs in their custom mounts.