Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Art Conservation, M.A., C.A.S.


Art Conservation Department


Emily Hamilton

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First Reader

Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Second Reader

Rebecca Ploeger

Third Reader

Aaron Shugar

Fourth Reader

Theresa J. Smith


The medicinal contents found within a mid-1800’s saddlebag were investigated using multimodal imaging techniques, micro-transmission Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (transFTIR), pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (pyGCMS), X- Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), Raman Spectroscopy and the reference collection of the SUNY Buffalo State Eckert Herbarium. Housed within glass vials and paper packets, the medicinal samples from seventeen different containers were analyzed and their results compared with historical references. Medicines with probable identification were found to be of both mineral and botanical origins: mercurous chloride, lead acetate, magnesium carbonate, iron oxides, gum arabic, ground croton seeds, benzoin resin, Fabaceae senna and Arctostaphylos uva- ursi leaves, bark, and roots. Informed by the health and safety measures dictated by the identified contents a conservation treatment was completed and involved a modified imaging set-up, reassembly and filling the losses of a glass vial with Japanese paper reinforced with B-72, securing the contents of the paper packets using gampi, and constructing archival housing for all twenty of the individual objects.

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