Student restores pirate flag

Published June 21st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

A bunch of people sent me this article about the restoration of an 18th century Jolly Roger pirate flag.

The article doesn’t mention if the student who did the work, Bonnijo Chervensock, is a Pastafarian.

I found this interesting:

I cleaned the flag very carefully, to remove dirt and to return the fabric to a more neutral ph – it was extremely acidic which would be damaging in the long term – but without removing the gunpowder which is an important part of its history.

Having cleaned each little painted fragment individually, I attached each piece onto dyed silk crepeline fabric using an adhesive technique.

I then stitched the consolidated skull and crossbones onto the flag, which had been stitched onto a new fabric.

It makes me wonder, though, what the pirates would have thought of all this painstaking detail work. It seems opposite of the their culture.

When I came into possession of some gold doubloons, I immediately smashed apart the protective plastic case they were trapped in. I used a hammer and a screwdriver. Out of respect.


52 Responses to “Student restores pirate flag”

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  1. Etay says:

    The flag isn’t the best I’ve seen, but it’ll do.
    But, I’d sure like a pocket full of those coins. :)

  2. Vindhyan Bob says:

    Wow! This is the first time I’ve been in the first fifty posts in anything!

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