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Re: Leather Conservation

Posted by John on Saturday, 9 May 2015, at 9:55 a.m., in response to Re: Leather Conservation, posted by Wayne McLerran on Saturday, 9 May 2015, at 4:19 a.m.

I did read the material, and my interpretation is that the entire article is in the context of archeological recovered material, which would include brittle or desiccated material. Once removed from its original archeological location, recovered material can dry out quickly, resulting in an item quite different that something stored in a dry attic for a few decades.

There are numerous other articles on line regarding leather conservation, including from the National Park Service and Smithsonian which I believe are more appropriate guidance for care of leather items as typically found by gun collectors. If someone has archeological recovered material, then the TAMU material would be especially good.

Note that different experts have different views on conservation techniques, especially on leather, so feel free to select and apply those which you believe best. After all, it is your material to care for.

Thanks for pointing out the TAMU article, it is interesting, and in some cases excellent guidance.


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