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Bookworms, Insect Infestation in Books

By April Hann Lanford

While the connotation of a bookworm is that of a voracious reader, there are insects that actually feed from books.  Books are inherently inviting and vulnerable, given their construction of organic materials such as paper, cardboard, starch based binding adhesive, cotton and leather.  If left unattended, insects can lead to a significant amount of damage.

Bookworms are not actually worms.

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Insect Infestation in Wooden Artifacts, Frames and Furniture

By April Hann Lanford

You might be surprised, but a common attribute among aged wooden artifacts is the evidence of previous insect activity.  While not all antique pieces will have this, don’t be alarmed if they do.  The appearance of such activity is also even mimicked in reproductions to give a piece the appearance of age!

What you should be concerned about is an active infestation, as well as structural instability as a result of an infestation.  Most often, an infestation is caused by a Powderpost beetle and its larvae.

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Before the Storm, Emergency Preparation of Collections

By April Hann Lanford

When there is a pending storm, time is of the essence to safeguard collections.  Hurricanes and heavy storms can bring an onslaught of rain which can result in flooding, loss of power, and strucutral damage.  While evacuation of a collection is the ideal solution, limited timing, access to packing materials, or the sheer volume of items, may prove it to be prohibitive.

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Initial Recovery of Water Damaged Collections

By April Hann Lanford

Time is of the essence when fine art, artifact and furniture collections are exposed to water.  While standing water is the instant concern, there are two environmental perils that immediately follow: elevated humidity and mold.

The following are a few proactive steps to start safeguarding and recovering a compromised collection:

Documentation-Photograph the items in their current state.  

Video-If you have access to video, also take video as it can capture more footage in a smaller amount of time.  The documentation allows for a snapshot in time but can also help facilitate managing the restoration process as well as submitting a claim in the future.

Inventory-Make an inventory of the items. Identify the priority items.  All items should be inventoried prior to leaving the premises.

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Wildfire, Emergency Preparation of Collections

By April Hann Lanford

When there is a threat of wildfires in the area, time is of the essence to safeguard collections.  While evacuation of a collection is the ideal solution, limited timing, access to packing materials, or the sheer volume of items, may prove it to be prohibitive.

If you need to evacuate and need to leave your collection behind, here are a few recommendations to help protect your pieces, and assist with potential recovery in the future:

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Wildfire, Initial Recovery of Fire Damaged Collections

By April Hann Lanford

Time is of the essence when fine art, artifact and furniture collections are exposed to soot and smoke.  The longer soot rests on the surface, the more difficult it can become to successfully clean.

The following are a few proactive steps to start safeguarding and recovering a compromised collection:

  • Safety first-Check with local authorities to confirm that it is safe to return. Your personal safety is the most important. In addition to structural instability of buildings and homes, there is also the risk of flash floods and mudslides that might follow.
  • Proper PPE-Before entering, make sure you are wearing the proper safety equipment for the environment. Heavy soled shoes, gloves and a mask are an absolute must.    Click Here to Read More…

Collection Care Articles

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Our collection of educational articles provide an introduction to many topics about the preservation and conservation of fine art, antiques and fine furniture.

Topics are often written as a result of questions provided by our clients. 

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about Archival Storage, Guidance on Dusting and Cleaning of Specialty Glass and Acrylic, and General Collection Care.

 

 

framing Articles

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There is a lot that goes into the design and fabrication of an archival custom frame. Whether a minimal TIG welded aluminum frame, acrylic vitrine, or a custom carved wood, 22k gilded antique revival frame, each design can have a variety of approaches and materials.

Topics are written top help familiarize our clients with the materials and techiniques that are recommended for fine framing.

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For more than 60 years Antique Trader has been inspiring, informing and entertaining the collecting community with timely news coverage, lively collector profiles and in-depth articles on topics as varied and as broad as the big, bold, beautiful antiques world. Published 24 times a year and offering a weekly digital newsletter, Antique Trader provides expert insight, historical perspective, values and incomparable content, all designed to guarantee a robust and rewarding experience.

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Click here to visit our glossary to learn about the terms that are frequently used in the fine art, conservation, fine framing industries.

 

 

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