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Subject: Wax


From: Kate Roberts <kater>
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 1996
Craig Deller <craig1708 [at] aol__com> writes

>I was recently asked about what appears to be mold growing on wax.
>The objects in question are 19th Century American wax fruit that are stored
>in an enclosed glass cabinet for display in a private home. The
>owner has observed (I have not) a whitish material that forms on the
>tops of the "fruit" and can only describe it as a mold.  They have
>also said that by placing moth balls in the case the "mold" seems to

Is it possible that the mold is actually stearate crystals from fat
in the fruit or the coating on the fruit ?  Could salt crystals be
affected by moth balls ?

Kate Roberts

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:3
                  Distributed: Thursday, June 27, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-10-3-004
Received on Tuesday, 25 June, 1996

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