We were given a felt pennant from 1913. It has some small holes, presumably from moths, but is otherwise in good condition. Does it need to go in a case or can it be displayed on a wall?
Like other textiles, the pennant should not be displayed permanently. With a proper hanging system it can should be fine for perhaps 6 months on and 6 months off at the max. A Velcro hanging system will keep a small pennant away from the wall but if it is larger or hung directly against a wall it should be lined for support and protection. And like everything else it should be monitored regularly for insect activity. If you need more information you can contact me offline at email@example.com.
Some small volunteer run museums in the UK have provided a pest-free and dust-free environment for the temporary display of flat textile items like this by making a simple padded board of acid-free card with a layer of polyester wadding, covered with well-washed unbleached cotton calico or bump (a brushed cotton with greater cling). They place a sheet of polyester film on the work surface, lay the textile face down on it, lay the backing board gently on top and then carefully wrap the polyester film around the backl of the board, sealing it with archival quality double-sided polyester tape. This holds the textile gently against the padded board which can then be mounted on the wall. The textile is subjected to minimum strain and can easily be removed and placed in storage, still resting on the board but wiht the polyester film removed, after display. This system is straightforward even for non-conservators to use and reduces the risk of handling or inappropriate mounting of the textile. It’s cheap and reminds viewers that this is a valuable and fragile artefact, not a piece of decoration.
Hope this helps
Thanks to both of you. Your replies are very helpful.
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