Identification of leather and skin products

It may be possible to identify the type and maturity of the skin by examining various gross features including grain surface patterns and grouping and sizes of hair or feather follicles, or scale patterns (Haines 1981, 1985; Munn, 1989; Waterer, 1968). Also, different tanning and finishing techniques give leather its variety in appearance (Kühn, 1986). Under magnification, further identification can be made by examining cross-sections of the internal structure since skins vary in total thickness, in dimensions of fibre bundles, in weave patterns and in the ratios of grain to corium. Imitation leather such as polyvinyl-chloride can be identified macro-scopically or in cross-section (Haines, 1981; Thorp, 1990). Methods of analysis are available to determine tanning method used, fat and

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Figure 3.6 Simple woven structures of rush/reed/cane: (a) binder cane; (b) rush; (c) 4-way cane; (d) spline; (e) 6-way cane; (f) cordage moisture contents and acidity (Haines, 1985; Hallebeek, 1984; O'Flaherty et al, 1965).

For further information on skins parchment and leathers see Calnan and Haines (1991), Fogle (1985), Reed (1972), Sharphouse (1983), Stambolov (1969), Thomas et al. (1983), Thomson (1981a, 1981b, 1985), Waterer (1968, 1972), and occasional papers published by the Leather Conservation Centre in the UK and by Leather Conservation News in the USA.

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