THE CONSERVATION OF A SHENANDOAH VALLEY FRAKTUR
Elizabeth C. Hollyday
ABSTRACT—The following paper describes the treatment of a fraktur adhered to the inside of a blanket chest lid. The fraktur was embrittled and disintegrating chiefly because of vermin, expansion and contraction with changes in temperature and humidity, and migration of acid from the chest lid to the adhered paper support. A method was devised whereby the fraktur was removed from the lid without damage to either object. This was achieved by applying a series of wet blotters weighted by plate glass to drive the moisture through the fraktur paper to swell the insoluble adhesive. The conservator explains in detail the repairing and preserving of the fraktur so that it could be exhibited with the chest as a separate work of art.
2. REMOVAL OF THE FRAKTUR FROM THE CHEST LID
3. THE CONSERVATION OF THE FRAKTUR