Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Hair-Raising Story

I thought you readers would be interested in this fun article about a woman in the UK who is about as devoted as we are to recreating authentic plastering techniques in her historic home.

As some of you might know, horse hair was mixed into the plaster used on the walls of 97 Orchard Street. A little scientific research tells us more. Not only do we know that the hair was from a horse, but we also know where the hairs came from - the body and the mane of the horse.

Below are two photographs that show some of the hairs at 200x magnification. The courser hair in the top photo is from the mane. Neat!

- Posted by Derya Golpinar, Collections Manager / Registrar

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