Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT. Our textile conservator chose these two fabric dolls from our collection for imaging. She wanted a peep at their wire armatures. They’re members of the “Dollyver family,” a set of nearly 30 dolls made by Laura Turpin in the early 1900s. On the left, you can see “Dr. Dollworth” and “Mrs. Gadollphin” prepared for imaging, secured to a board with cotton ties.
On the right, their x-ray. The low-power x-rays show all sorts of layers of detail, including the dolls’ “bones” of wire and stuffing. The x-ray shows more than one kind of wire, one presumably used to form the main body, and a thinner wire for the finer details. The x-ray also caught Dr. Dollworth’s spectacles, the metal braid trim around Mrs. Gadollphin’s handbag and her knitting inside it.
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