Pacific Silvercloth

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Pacific Silvercloth

Description

Pacific Silvercloth

[Pacific] A registered trademark for a silver antitarnish storage fabric. Pacific Silvercloth® is a dark-color Cotton flannel embedded with tiny sacrificial Silver particles. As a covering for silver objects, the Pacific Silvercloth® provides protection from sulfur-containing pollutants, dust, and scratches. The cloth may be used to make bags or line trays for storage of silver and silver alloys (Arenstein et al. 2019).

Pacific Silvercloth

Synonyms and Related Terms

silver cloth; antitarnish cloth

Risks

  • Laundering reduces effectiveness

Forms/Sizes

Silvercloth is about 38" wide and is always brown as the silver embedded in the fabric will tarnish slightly, causing the fabric to change to various hues of brown over the years.

Resources and Citations

  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • L. Selwyn, 'Historical Silver: Storage, Display and Tarnish Removal', J.IIC-GC, 15, 1990