A traveling tinker, a teapot and its “make-do” handle

A traveling tinker, a teapot and its “make-do” handle

As curators, we see thousands of objects in varying states of condition. Initially, this ceramic ironstone teapot, with its missing and replaced parts, seemed a likely candidate for deaccessioning. The institutional practice of removing objects from a collection, deaccessioning an object may occur for many reasons, the most likely being deteriorated condition. While museums are …

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