Mussey Associates provides technical analysis to support object treatment, authentication, as well as general scholarship.
Typical applications include:
- Documenting finishes and paints and chemically characterizing the composition of specific layers using ultraviolet light microscopy.
- Identifying pigments and fillers used to formulate paints and stains
- Identifying common plant and hair fibers used to weave fabrics and produce paper
- Identifying both hard and soft wood species by microscopic anatomical structure
We also use a variety of examination techniques to document construction, labels, inscriptions, and witness marks, including x-radiography, ultraviolet and infrared photography.
Mussey Associates also works with outside analytical firms to obtain qualitative chemical and elemental analysis as needed.