In this episode, I apply a consolidant to the antique leather on the boards (covers) of this 1880s heirloom book. The consolidant helps keep water-based adhesives applied to the underside of the leather from wicking that water through the leather, which will lead to permanent darkening in spots. Application of the consolidant also helps to contain powdery red rot by binding these failing areas of leather.
“Step 9: Consolidating Antique Leather. Book Conservation & Repair” is video 9 in this series on the restoration and repair of this volume.
Kathryn Wright is the owner/conservator of Southern Book & Paper Conservation, LLC, a private practice lab in Macon, Georgia.
These videos are designed to educate and entertain non-conservators, and to increase awareness about what goes into conserving book and paper items. These are not how-to videos. Please consult a professional conservator for your restoration needs.
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