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Subject: Fiber identification

Fiber identification

From: Brett Charbeneau <bwchar>
Date: Monday, November 8, 1993
Several months ago I was having a discussion with a friend of mine who
is a paper conservator about fiber identification in eighteenth-century
papers.  She mentioned a fairly recent article that had appeared, I
believe, in the The Paper Conservator  on the techniques used to do this
sort of work.

Evidently, fairly accurate appraisals can be undertaken with the aid of
low-power magnification and knowing what you're looking at.  The article
is supposed to have useful illustrations for this purpose, as well as
hints on what different fibers (linen, cotton, hemp, etc.) look like.
This technique is also supposed to be useful in determining the rough
percentages of each fiber present.

My question is: where and when did this article appear? Does anybody
know of any relevant publications on this subject?

Brett Charbeneau
Williamsburg Imprints Program
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P.O. Box 1776-MHW
Williamsburg, VA 23187
804) 229-1000
Fax: 804-221-8948

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:38
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