Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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polishing plates

Large smooth plates, usually of metal, used in the final pressing of a book to impart smoothness to the leather. The use of polishing plates was probably infrequent before the 19th century. Early plates were made of tin or horn, while later materials included japanned tin, iron, nickelled steel, and German silver. In more recent times, stainless steel and polished aluminum have been used. Also called "crushing plates." (236 )

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