"Wicker Baby Carriage circa 1850"
|Uhhh...yeah...well at least this is a nice photo of all the dust on the upholstery and wicker!|
|Electrical tape tied around the toes, on both feet...I think I've been working at the museum so long that stuff like this doesn't phase me anymore.|
|I believe that this carriage is a little later than 1850, maybe from 1860 onwards...|
|This beautiful illustration was barely visible among the contents of the carriage! This magazine clipping is from 1907. I'm surprised how most of the paraders are men, in a comparatively feminine subject area.|
|The two Christening gowns after I laid them out on an acid-free tissue paper-covered table, awaiting a nice cleaning to freshen them up. I'm still unsure as to how I'll properly display these.|
The wicker has been formed into graceful curlicues and spirals, and looks unusually intricate and detailed compared to similar carriages I found online. Whoever owned this beauty was really from the upper cusp of society, and I'm certain that they participated in frivolous promenades, just like the Newark Baby Carriage Parade!
|Dot mesh lace parasol hanging over the carriage--it's terribly dusty.|
|Small bouquet of what appears to be wax flowers...why is this in here?|
To clean the dust off of the wicker and the upholstery, I utilized my usual method of securing a rag over a vacuum nozzle. You could not believe how much dust I sucked up! I actually ran out of clean rag and had to use some paper towels--but it worked! The wicker curlicues can really shine now, and the almost mustard upholstery, really a great improvement. So far I haven't put anything back into the carriage, as I'm waiting on a new "baby" mannequin and I have several little baby garments to launder and freshen up.
|I vacuumed up so many dust bunnies--no, dust horses--from the sides of the carriage.|