Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rubbing-off chest

A large chest of wood that was part of the equipment of every gold blocking firm of the latter decades of the 19th century. It was topped with a grill upon which surplus gold was cleaned off blocked cases. Once or twice a year the contents of the chest were sent to the refiner for reclamation. In the great days of gold blocking, the saving was considerable, for the sides as well as the spines of books were often covered almost entirely with gold. (106 )

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