Conservation of limp vellum binding with flap and leather tackets, on reverse parchment
Owner: Regional Archive of La Segarra (Cervera, Spain), Government of Catalonia.
Object: Medieval manuscript on laid paper with limp vellum binding in reverse parchment, with flap and alum tawed leather tackets sealing the turnings. Sewing on two leather tackets.
Damages: Mould infection on folios and binding, with remarkable losses on the folios. Strong folds on the front cover, cockling of the spine and distortion of the binding hindered it from being able to be closed properly (besides from the fact that the lace of the button on the flap was missing).
Conservation treatment: Dis-binding, mould treatment, consolidation and infill of main losses on the folios. Flattening of the binding, replacement of the alum tawed leather tackets, the parchment reinforcement of the button and the leather tackets on the spine. Sewing on the original binding and new lace for the button.
Conservators: Paula Bueso, Rita Udina
Project lead by: Rita Udina.
Other links: Read the POST of this project if you’d like to see how we report the knots and tackets on the binding.