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Subject: Removing wax from daguerreotypes

Removing wax from daguerreotypes

From: Gary W. Ewer <garyewer>
Date: Saturday, June 1, 1996
I have a couple of pieces of daguerreian jewelry from which I need
to remove candlewax from the image.  The wax was used to seal the
image in its ring-retainer prior to placement in the article of
jewelry. In the examples at hand, the wax flowed over the image
rather than confining itself to the backside.

A daguerreotype is fairly robust in that it should be able to handle
most solvents, but is unable to withstand any abrasion, of course.
Any suggestions as to what would be most effective?

Gary W. Ewer

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:82
                   Distributed: Tuesday, June 4, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-9-82-003
Received on Saturday, 1 June, 1996

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