Leather Wet and Dry: Current Treatments in the Conservation of Waterlogged and Dessicated Archaeological Leather

Barbara Wills (ed.)

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ISBN: 1873132778
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Pages: 78
Illustrations: 9 halftone

Leather Wet and Dry: Current Treatments in the Conservation of Waterlogged and Dessicated Archaeological Leather presents some new ideas, as well as reviews of established methods, on the preservation of leather. Topics discussed include:
-How to accurately assess the condition of a leather collection as a whole
-Current waterlogged leather treatments and how they compare with earlier treatments
-The role played by mineral contents in terms of preservation or decay
-How to stabilise dry archaeological leather

Contributions from Norway, the Netherlands and France as well as the UK (English Heritage, the Museum of London and the British Museum) add breadth as well as depth to this specialist publication.

Reviews
This book is a good overview of the recent history of conservation where many techniques were first based on craft or experience and then moved toward analytical techniques...By focusing on a single material, leather, this book clearly illustrates how conservation has evolved through fashions and by simply reacting to immediate needs.
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 41(2) (2002) 189-191