'The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping', by Hermione Sandwith and Sheila Stainton.
This excellent book tells you everything you need to know to care for antiques and fragile objects such as would be found in a National Trust stately home. It is the manual issued to workers, cleaners, conservators in such properties giving instructions in the recommended ways to clean, dismantle, store, display, handle the precious objects found in such properties so as to maximise their lifespan.
Subjects covered include:
Books and documents
Clocks and Watches
Floors and floor coverings
How to catalogue a library
How to Dust books
The right environmental conditions
Natural history collections
Pests, mould, insects
Stone, marble, alabaster
Ceilings and windows
Protection against light
The Housemaid's cupboard
Various protective measures
Storage and display
How to carry bulky or fragile objects such as books, pictures, furniture
Placement of objects for their maximum safety and best conditions
This comprehensive book is based upon the procedures that would have been the norm in the the everyday running of the great houses, with the addition of the benefits of late-20th Century technology and products.
Full of fascinating information - many simple things that seem obvious but which you would just not have known, others that are commonsense, the stating of which is reassuring to know one is doing the right things with one's own collection of precious things. Other more detailed tricks and techniques that one would never have known but which are vital to the preservation of old things, and most of them things the servants of these great houses would have known and practised - the staff of our beloved 'Downton Abbey' would have known such things!
350 pages blue clothbound hardback, gilt-lettered spine, excellent condition, clean, binding tight, hardly used, barely any shelf-wear. 6" x 9½".
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