Historic Textiles Studio


1st Louisiana Engineers

We offer a wide range of textile conservation services including stabilization, cleaning and restoration. Our studio is equipped with state of the art equipment ranging from simple microscopes to a full deionized water washing suite and 10’ x 8’ stainless steel immersion tank, plus a wet vacuum station. We have a custom built drying suite utilizing controlled and filtered air and a micro-mesh 316 grade stainless steel   support rack
All work is performed on-premises from beginning to end in controlled conditions and to current museum grade standards or higher. We can produce custom forms for your uniforms utilizing stable acid free materials or have your larger items custom framed or encased utilizing UV rated plexiglass.
We are fully insured and bonded and can supply a list of very satisfied clients at your request. All services are quoted prior to work beginning, so there is no "surprise" at the end of your project. Our specialization is American Civil War era fabrics.

Will & Lynn Gorges
Civil War Battleground Antiques

Quilt Pictures

How to Care For and Salvage Your Textiles After a Flood

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CONFEDERATE enlistedman’s infantry frock coat

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Identified Virginia surgeon Confederate kepi



Phone: 252-636-3039 Fax: 252-637-1862 3910 U.S. Highway 70 East New Bern, North Carolina 28560

Email:  palampore@aol.com

Conservation Services!

We are now pleased to offer controlled condition deionized water wash and rinse services in a specially designed facility which houses the largest stainless steel cleaning tank assembly currently performing contract work-8' x 10'-with a separate drying room as well to speed up the process in a safe and effective manner.

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All materials are tested for color fastness prior to any washing or cleaning procedure to ensure the integrity of the materials to the safest possible limits. Utilizing a sintererd 316 grade stainless steel support, articles can be rinsed in a stain-free environment with a delicate spraying system. For more complicated processes, we also can utilize a 0.22 micron filtered oil-free compressed air system of the same grade utilized in pharmaceutical production facilities worldwide. Whether your item is historically important or of great personal family value, it is handled with the utmost possible care!

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Lynn Lancaster Gorges, Textile Conservator / Restoration Specialist and owner of Historic Textiles Studio, is available to evaluate and appraise textiles from the early 1800's to present. She has studied at the Smithsonian Institute, The Campbell Center of Preservation, Schoolhouse Studio of Lawrence, KS, Cooperstown Textile School, NCSU College of Textiles, and Colonial Williamsburg. Her specialty is in the area of conservation of military uniforms, flags, vintage clothing, and quilts. She is also trained in the area of quilt restoration.  Historic Textiles Studio houses an 8' x10' stainless steel wet tank which is serviced by a deionized water system. The services rendered are: fiber analysis, fabric dating, stabilization, construction of exhibition mounts, wet cleaning, and storage consulting based on an evaluation of the storage site.                                                                                                        

Lynn Lancaster Gorges, is well known to the Civil War community for her outstanding conservation techniques. While we specialize in Civil War military flags and uniforms, we also work on quilts, articles of clothing and a wide range of other textiles. 

For more information Email:  palampore@aol.com

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Lynn Lancaster Gorges is a member of the Costume Society of America, The American Quilt Study Group, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works



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