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Subject: Iron gall ink

Iron gall ink

From: Richard Aitken <richard>
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
I have read an article recently on ways to remove acid from iron
gall inks. On of the methods described was the use of an envelope
made of "Hollytex" and supporting the document in the envelope and
immersing in boiling water. The article does not mention the length
of time.

   "50-100% of the destructive (soluble iron II) ions are removed
    from the paper, as well as acids. Rag paper appeared stronger
    and more flexible after treatment"

I was wondering if anybody else knows of this method and the

Richard Aitken
West Yorkshire Archives Service

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:58
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