Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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volute

A decorative ornament, often found on heads-in-medallions rolls, which consists of a large curl (spiral) in roughly volute form at one end, the other end having a small curl turning in the opposite direction. The volute was always used in pairs. Its use as a single tool, with a reverse partner, was common in English restoration bindings, often pointillé. (250 )




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