Specialty Services

Specialty Services

The care and management of a collection can be overwhelming. Let us help.

 

What are Specialty Services?

ELY offers a wide variety of specialty services that can provide museum professionals or private collectors with many options for caring for their collections. These services include Oddy Testing, Anoxic Pest Control Treatment, Registrar, Courier, Transportation Coordination, Rigging, Conservation, Consultation, Crate Disposal, Barrier Fabrication, Small-scale Case Fabrication, Engineering, Content Management of Collection Based Websites. Management and Coordination of Traveling Exhibitions, Professional Training, Security System Design and Installation, and Lighting. With our years of experience and vast team of professionals we are able to take on projects large and small to provide the necessary expertise.

 

The EQX Seismic Protection System

The EQX Seismic Protection System greatly reduces the threat to your artifacts in the event of an earthquake by allowing an object and its pedestal to remain relatively stationary. The EQX Seismic Safety System for museums consists of two coated interfacing stainless steel plates that are placed between an artifact on a pedestal and the floor. During a seismic event, the coated plates gently slide over each other, resulting in a very low friction connection, therefore isolating the object from the seismic forces of the floor. The complete plate assembly is less than a quarter inch thick, so it does not compromise the object or design display. The system can make it possible to move large objects without having to rent equipment or hire specialists.

 

ODDY Testing

 Developed in 1973 by a British Museum conservator, the procedure tests the gasses emitted by a particular material in a sealed environment. Unknown (or untested) materials placed inside a sealed exhibition case or storage container could produce harmful gasses over time, affecting the enclosed artifacts. To avoid causing permanent or costly damage to your objects ELY can test any material you are considering using. The material is placed in a sealed container with three metals—silver, copper, and lead—and a small amount of distilled water. The container then goes into our dedicated oven at a constant temperature for approximately one month. The metals will display signs of corrosion if the presence of harmful chemicals is detected in the test material. A control container with the same metals is also conducted to verify that the test is valid. We will contact you with the results as soon as they are available.

 

Anoxic Pest Control Treatment

ELY offers anoxic microenvironment treatments for the removal of known or suspected insect infestations from objects. Using a sealed microenvironment, oxygen is displaced by argon. Argon is an inert gas and is completely safe for the object. Unlike fumigation, the anoxic method is safe for both artifacts and people, while eliminating an insect issue. The treatment typically takes 30 days to kill any adult insects and eggs.

 

Sample Projects

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Nationals Stadium

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Art & Artifact Handling

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Washington Nationals Baseball Club

ELY received the contract to decorate the new stadium in Washington D.C. and mounted a museum quality exhibition throughout. ELY scanned, retouched, reproduced, framed and installed historic baseball images, produced and installed a large video exhibit, as well as props and large graphics. Working with F.C. Associates, ELY administered and directed this large, complicated and very tightly scheduled project.  Nationals Stadium.pdf 

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The National Pastime Museum

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Art & Artifact Handling

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Online Museum and Collection Management

ELY provides collection management services for this private collection of over 25,000 rare, baseball related artifacts. In addition, we managed the original creation and launch of an online museum developed to share this amazing collection with the public. The content of the website continues to grow with weekly articles from well-known sports historians and writers as well as new artifacts and exhibitions. ELY continues to manage the online museum and its development. The National Pastime Museum.pdf 

Clients

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

Library for the Study of George Washington

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The National Pastime Museum

Online Museum and Collection Management

Golden Eagle Pilot House

Missouri History Museum

George Washington and His Generals

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Nationals Park

Washington Nationals Baseball Club

Margaret Mee, Return to the Amazon

Royal Botanical Gardens, KEW

Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of American Gothic

Smithsonian American Art Museum

George Catlin's Indian Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People

National Museum of Natural History

United States Senate

Art and Artifact Handling

American College of Cardiology

Art and Artifact Handling

Resistance, Creativity and Survival

Anacostia Community Museum

Dresses for Humanity, An Exhibition of Diana Princess of Wales

The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc.

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