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Subject: Leather shoes and wallet

Leather shoes and wallet

From: Jeanie McCallister <tweeter01>
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2002
I would be grateful for any information on how to conserve and
stabilize two items that I have in my possession.

    1.  A pair of baby "shoes" that consist of  soft leather soles,
        white quilted sides and rabbit fur along the top edges.  The
        style of this item is akin to a babies "bootie".  I believe
        that these shoes have not been worn in the traditional sense
        but have been used as part of the child's "outfit" as seen in
        old family photographs.   Manufacture date around 1914. They
        are in decent shape except that the rabbit fur is starting
        to come off and the leather soles have a few random spots of
        white (mold?).

    2.  The second item is a "accordion style"  leather wallet from
        the 1880"s. The item has embossing on one side and the
        inside contains a panel of cursive writing (ink) denoting
        the owner, city, state and county of residence.  This item
        is not in good condition, the cloth and leather panels
        exhibit wear and ripping.

There is no water damage on either item--the primary damage is
mainly from poor storage (drawer in bedroom dresser). What would  be
the most cost-effective way to keep these items stable?

Jeanie McCallister, MLS
13110 Michelle Dr
Rapid City, SD  57706

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:79
                  Distributed: Wednesday, May 22, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-15-79-017
Received on Tuesday, 21 May, 2002

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