Lyman Estate objects undergo conservation

Feb 18, 2012

Historic New England’s collections and conservation experts are working to support the weatherization and energy efficiency project at the Lyman Estate.

Staff removed three large chandeliers and several pairs of sconces from the ballroom and first-floor parlors and took them to the conservation lab for treatment. They were cleaned, polished, and rewired before returning to the Lyman Estate nearly one year from the day of removal.

As part of the project, the mansion’s collection of purple and white transferware china was taken down, washed, inventoried, and stored while work occurred in the pantry. On February 13, the collections team traveled to the Lyman Estate to reinstall the displays of china on the pantry’s freshly painted shelves.

The annunciator, an electrical device used to alert domestic servants that a bell had been rung in one of the rooms upstairs, has been removed from the kitchen and brought to the Collections and Conservation Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts. A reproduction will replace it in the Lyman Estate kitchen, which catering companies use during weddings and other private events at the mansion.