JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM

An odd book conservation project: the repair of a "book safe," four French 18th century bindings that have been hollowed out in order to hide a decanter and small glasses. The leather hinge that holds together the two parts is very degraded and the inner hinge is split at the ends.

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The leather was chemically consolidated to lessen the flaking. The leather at the hinge was lifted and the old hinge leather removed. A new hinge of airplane cotton was colored with acrylic pigment and adhered under the lifted leather. The lifted leather was then re-adhered.

Conserved in 2018.

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