history in the trunk

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Re: history in the trunk

Post by simonatack » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:31 pm

Well done Carolyn.
Now just take your time. All swords and edged weapons, medals, items of uniform and other militaria you may wish to know more about are particularly important to post in as close-up as you can photograph for a positive identification. Cigarette and tobacco tins, especially those issued by British Forces Provisioning or Army suttlers stores are worth a look too!

Can't wait to see just what you have, Carolyn! ;)

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Simon

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Re: history in the trunk

Post by kiri » Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:18 pm

Sounds like an interesting bunch of stuff you have there.

If it hasnt seen the light of day for so many years the thing to do is keep it in the dark. Particularly old photos! Old photos need to be kept wrapped in acid proof paper and in the dark as the chemicals used will often have degraded over time and be very UV sensitive. You can get old photos stabalised by spraying them with some special stuff. You should probably contact the curator at the Imperial War Museum for advice on this. (V+A or British Museum also a safe bet)

The dye used in old fabric will also fade quickly so clothing etc is also best stored in the dark (with mothballs etc)

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