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Subject: Bluing


From: Christine Cheffins <chepstowmuesum>
Date: Monday, November 15, 1999
Brad Epley <bepley [at] neosoft__com> writes

>I am currently researching some of the paints used on objects in our
>collection of Northwest Coast Native Art.  I have come across a
>reference for a laundry bluing, specifically Reckett's Ltd., which
>was apparently distributed by British soldiers in the late
>nineteenth century.  I am looking for information regarding what
>particular pigment the laundry bluing may be (Prussian blue,
>indigo?) and if anyone has tips for its identification with
>transmitted light microscopy or microchemical testing.

>From the 1830's on it was synthetic ultramarine and before that
smalt.  Synthetic ultramarine decolours with acids.  Frank Davis at
Holliday Pigments, Kingston upon Hull, England was very helpful when
I was recently researching pigments used in drafting cloth.  Their
Fax: 44-01482-223114

Christine Cheffins, Conservator

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:30
               Distributed: Wednesday, November 17, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-13-30-011
Received on Monday, 15 November, 1999

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