A map torn by a cat's claws

The following photos show the treatment that was undertaken to a printed and hand coloured map that had been damaged by a cat scratching the paper support. Using magnification the crumpled edges of the tears were straightened out, and the tear edges re-aligned. The overlapping flanges of the tears were brushed with wheat starch paste, and then pressed together while the paste dried. To further strengthen the area of damage the tears were supported with thin strips of very light weight Japanese tissue pasted with wheat starch paste.

Scratches made by a cat in a printed and hand-coloured map.The cat scratches seen from the back of the map. The front of the map after treatment to repair the tears. The same area seen on the back showing the Japanese tissue support.