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Conservation of Leather and Related Materials

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Overview

The conservation of skin, leather and related materials is an area that, until now, has had little representation by the written word in book form. Marion Kite and Roy Thomson, of the Leather Conservation Centre, have prepared a text which is both authoritative and comprehensive, including contributions from the leading specialists in their fields, such as Betty Haines, Mary Lou Florian, Ester Cameron and Jim Spriggs.

The book covers all aspects of Skin and Leather preservation, from Cuir Bouillie to Bookbindings. There is significant discussion of the technical and chemical elements necessary in conservation, meaning that professional conservators will find the book a vital part of their collection.

As part of the Butterworth-Heinemann Black series, the book carries the stamp of approval of the leading figures in the world of Conservation and Museology, and as such it is the only publication available on the topic carrying this immediate mark of authority.

• First book to cover the subject comprehensively
• Wide coverage, including Fish and Reptiles, Taxidermy and Furs, making it invaluable for conservator, curator and collector alike
• Technical aspects of conservation discussed in full

The conservation of skin, leather and related materials is an area that, until now, has had little representation by the written word in book form. Marion Kite and Roy Thomson, of the Leather Conservation Centre, have prepared a text which is both authoritative and comprehensive, including contributions from the leading specialists in their fields, such as Betty Haines, Mary Lou Florian, Ester Cameron and Jim Spriggs.

The book covers all aspects of Skin and Leather preservation, from Cuir Bouillie to Bookbindings. There is significant discussion of the technical and chemical elements necessary in conservation, meaning that professional conservators will find the book a vital part of their collection.

As part of the Butterworth-Heinemann Black series, the book carries the stamp of approval of the leading figures in the world of Conservation and Museology, and as such it is the only publication available on the topic carrying this immediate mark of authority. First book to cover the subject comprehensively

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750648813
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/3/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The nature and properties of leather 1
2 Collagen : the leathermaking protein 4
3 The fibre structure of leather 11
4 The chemistry of tanning materials 22
5 The mechanisms of deterioration in leather 36
6 Testing leathers and related materials 58
7 The manufacture of leather 66
8 The social position of leatherworkers 82
9 Gilt leather 88
10 Cuir bouilli 94
11 The tools and techniques of leatherworking : correct tools + skills = quality 103
12 General principles of care, storage and display 113
13 Materials and techniques : past and present 121
14 Taxidermy 130
15 Furs and furriery : history, techniques and conservation 141
16 The tanning, dressing and conservation of exotic, aquatic and feathered skins 170
17 Ethnographic leather and skin products 184
18 Collagen products : glues, gelatine, gut membrane and sausage casings 192
19 The manufacture of parchment 198
20 The conservation of parchment 200
21 Conservation of leather bookbindings : a mosaic of contemporary techniques 225
22 The conservation of archaeological leather 244
23 Case histories of treatments 264
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