Conservation of Leather and Related Materials

Conservation of Leather and Related Materials

Hardback Conservation and Museology

Edited by Marion Kite, Edited by Roy Thomson


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  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 248mm x 28mm | 1,220g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0750648813
  • ISBN 13: 9780750648813
  • Sales rank: 354,349

Product description

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. This is the first book to cover the subject comprehensively. It has wide coverage, including Fish and Reptiles, Taxidermy and Furs, making it invaluable for conservator, curator and collector alike. Technical aspects of conservation are discussed in full.

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Table of contents

Introduction; Dedication; Foreward; The nature and properties of leather; Collagen: the leather making protein; The fibre structure of leather; The chemistry of tanning materials; The mechanisms of deterioration in leather; Testing leathers and related materials; The manufacture of leather; The social position of leatherworks; Gilt leather; Cuir bouilli; The tools and techniques of leathermaking; General principles of conservation; Materials and techniques: past and present; Taxidermy; Furs and furriery: history, techniques and conservation; The conservation of exotic, feathered and aquatic skins; Ethnographic leather and skin products; Collagen products, glues, gelatine, gut membrane and sausage casings; The manufacture of parchment; The conservation of parchment; The conservation of leather bookbindings: a mosaic of contemporary techniques; The conservation of archaeological leather; Case histories