For the past few years, working on the Bank of North America collection, the Conservation team has been privileged to encounter many interesting and beautiful watermarks, each possessing a hidden history of this centuries old paper. Thus, I would like to share some of the images and information of the watermarks from the BNA collection.
In my previous blog post about rebinding ledgers from the Bank of North America collection, I described the Split Board binding process we use on books with bindings that have deteriorated. This binding uses an inside cloth hinge to reattach the original cover boards. We use this rebinding method the most because it gives the books new life without changing much of the original look.