Service Communautaire d'Information sur la Recherche et le Développement - CORDIS

Simple identification test for corrosive inks- iron test

A simple monkey proof method to identify iron gall ink is of the utmost importance. Ink corrosion can be very disastrous for object of cultural value made out of paper. It is essential that object of cultural value are as complete as possible, especially in the case of an archive witch have not only historical and cultural value but, sometimes also legal value. The simple method for iron and copper- tests, as developed and optimised in this project, has been proven to be very helpful for conservators, enabling them to identify the ink on the objects. Especially in comparing to inks that didn’t contain iron or copper but look very similar to iron gall inks. This is very important in order to make a conservation plan that is suitable for the objects and (part) of the collection.

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Prins Willem - Alexanderhof 20PB 90520