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Re: Advice sought concerning aged paper

Dear Peter

I am glad the paper went to a good home!! Test it for acid level as long as
it is neutral it should be fine. You can use a garden ph soil testing kit or
a pen is available that will show the acid level of the paper. As to the
quality it sounds pretty good it probably depends on what it was originally
intended for. You could always contact the manufacturers if they are still
in business.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter N Krantz [SMTP:bkfndrs@OZEMAIL.COM.AU]
> Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 11:45 PM
> Subject:      Advice sought concerning aged paper
> Greetings to the List from Australia.
> We should like to ask a question to the group, but first, may we
> indulge you with a preamble?
> We have recently acquired a large quantity of wove papers, originating
> from English and Italian paper mills.  Some are still in their
> original packaging, as shipped from the mills in Europe, whilst others
> are loose sheets.  The sizes vary, but are as large as one might
> purchase from an artist supply shop.  They have been sitting in a
> warehouse for about 40 years, and have not been touched.  Some have
> soiled edges and margins, due to accumulated dust, and some are
> slightly faded.  Most are in VG condition.  All are uncoated, and
> ivory or cream in colour, except one paper, which is light yellow in
> colour.
> The papers are from the following mills:
> Fabriano, in Italy (name watermarked)
> T.H. Saunders (name watermarked, including the year 1959).  Two
> distinct weights
> J. Green (probably J. Barcham Green)  (name is small blind-embossed in
> corner)
> Grosvenor Chater Ltd (no watermarkings)
> The weights range from about 110 to about 180 grams per square metre,
> which, in non-metric terms, loosely means a range from good endpaper
> paper, to good artist or limited edition printable paper.  The first
> three named papers are deckle edged, and are probably cylinder made,
> but they are all superior quality.  It would appear that they are not
> hand made, because they have a grain.  (Do we have this correct?)
> They also have surfaces which are not pressed smooth, like many modern
> papers.
> In relation to the lower-weighted papers particularly, we would like
> to use them as endpapers.  We find that they easily suit the ambience
> and feel of old books.  When restoring C18th, C19th and to some extent
> C20th books, and particularly when constructing sophisticated
> endpapers, sometimes requiring 4-6 folded sheets per book, it is
> important that the paper used be in sympathy with the rest of the
> book, and not appear our of character.  A number of these papers are
> suitable from this point of view.
> The question:
> Would any of the learned group like to comment on the use of this old
> paper in old books being restored, from valuable C18th and C19th
> works, through to the large family Bibles of the latter half of the
> C19th.  Does anyone know whether the paper from this period (1950-60),
> is considered "good" quality, and archivally sound?  This is the
> crucial point.
> If you have got this far, well, that is good, for your attention span
> must be excellent!
> Your comments are appreciated.  It seems a pity not to put such
> quality paper to good use.  Had we not acquired it, the intention of
> the previous owner was to....give the paper to some of the local
> kindergartens for drawing on!!
> Peter Krantz.
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