RMS Titanic Whydah Teakettle—Private

San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA

Our conservators performed the conservation treatment of the Whydah Tea Kettle an artifact from the RMS Titanic in order to desalinate the object and reattach the spout.

The goal of the treatment was to reattach the spout while following the philosophy of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice1. These stress the importance of respect for the artifact and its use, retaining original material and selecting materials and methods that do not adversely impact the artifact and its future treatment or function. For these reasons, and for the stability of the tea kettle, it was decided to desalinate if necessary and dry the artifact before reattaching the spout. This allowed the use of a conservation adhesive and consolidant and will enable the tea kettle to be stored in a controlled environment to minimize corrosion.