Happy As A Clam

Posted June 7th, 2011 by Rebecca Caswell

Book before boxing

This 18th c. work on political science and natural law arrived in the Conservation Lab with both its front and back covers detached.  In order to ensure that all of the pieces stayed together, it was being stored in a plastic bag.  Although this provided a good temporary solution, it isn’t an appropriate means for long-term storage.

Book after boxing

The Conservation Lab makes a variety of different enclosures, which are selected based on the needs of the book.  Because of this item’s age and value, it was housed in a  custom made cloth covered clamshell box.  This type of box will prevent the book from sustaining further damage while in transit from storage, while also protecting it from light, dust, and other environmental hazards.

This lovely clamshell box gives new meaning to the phrase “happy as a clam”!

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