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Subject: Cotton gloves

Cotton gloves

From: Susan Stock <susans>
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2002
Paul Green < [at] leeds__ac__uk> writes

>A colleague of mine recently visited the States and was given some
>lint-free cotton gloves with finger grips to handle manuscript
>material. He found these much better than ordinary lint-free cotton
>gloves or latex rubber gloves. ...

Has anyone analyzed the composition of the 'grips'? Many years ago,
I found that 'grip marks' were left on silver, indicating the
presence of sulphur in the grip material. I also have found that the
tendency of cotton gloves to wick moisture and salt, has resulted in
related corrosion of metal surfaces where residues are left on
contact. I would recommend non-porous glove materials be used for
handling artifacts.

Susan Stock

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:9
                   Distributed: Monday, July 29, 2002
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Received on Thursday, 25 July, 2002

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