Not on display are items that are just as meaningful but perhaps need a bit more care in their preservation. I was recently given the tablecloth my great grandmother hand stitched and embroidered in the 1960s as well as the tiny outfit my grandmother knitted for me to wear when I first came home from the hospital after being born in December, 1976. Both had been stored in a cardboard box in my parents' basement for quite some time. When my mother offered them to me, I simply couldn't say no.
My grandmother knitted this ensemble for my mother to bring me home from the hospital after I was born. Because I was a winter baby and was born in the second-coldest capital city in the world (Ottawa, Canada), it had to be warm. Included is a pair of leggings, slippers, mittens, a sweater, an outer sweater and a cap. My great grandmother's tablecloth (below) is another masterpiece of homespun skill: each flower was embroidered by her. There are over 100 flowers in total.
The tablecloth was another matter. Some of the thread my great grandmother used to embroider the gorgeous flowers is not colorfast and can easily bleed. I consulted the Smithsonian website and discovered that a gentle vacuum would remove any grit or dust particles that may have accumulated in storage. (The Smithsonian's page on preserving antique linens is an invaluable resource, by the way. Click here to view it.)
Lineco Museum Storage Box, readily available in multiple sizes and colours on Amazon. It is acid-free and is very nicely made: sturdy but not heavy. I also invested in acid-free tissue paper to wrap the garments and the table linen. This further protects them from dust, light and moisture.