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Descriptive protocols for material data

 

PAPER IDENTIFICATION

Brief description protocol

Required metadata:

  • Folding format for writing (folio / bifolio)
  • Number of folios / bifolios
  • Folding size (in-folio / in-4° / in-8° / fragment - if unknown height x width, in mm)
  • Wire mesh (laid / wove)
  • Color (natural / natural with dark lookthrough / azure / slightly azure)
  • Presence of a watermark (watermarked / without watermark)
  • Required data for wove paper (optional for laid paper) : height x width, in mm

Full description protocol

Main required metadata:

ITEM Description:

  • Folding format for writing (folio / bifolio)
  • Number of folios / bifolios
  • Folding size (in-folio / in-4° / in-8° / fragment - if unknown height x width, in mm)
  • Written surface (recto / recto-verso)

For letters:

  • Expedition folding scheme
  • Enveloppe (yes / no)
  • Wax seal (yes / no)
  • Place of wax seal
  • Postal marks (wet / dry stamp, color, text, handwritten marks)
  • Place of postal marks

PAPER TYPE Description:

  • Identification number of paper type
  • Wire mesh (laid / wove)
  • Color (natural / natural with dark lookthrough / azure / slightly azure)
  • Surface rugosity (smooth / rather smooth / slightly rough / rough / very rough)
  • Average thickness in mm (measuring 6 points for each folio)
  • Dimensions (height x width, in mm – folded, in case of a bifolio)
  • Ponderation of dimensions (trimmed / untrimmed)
  • Distance between chain-lines (minimum /  maximum)
  • “Trans-wire” on the mark side
  • “Trans-wire” on the countermark side
  • Presence of a watermark (yes / no)
  • Mark description / transcription
  • Countermark description / transcription
  • Auxiliary sign description / transcription
  • Identified pair of moulds (yes / no)
  • Images (transmitted light photos, with scale or ruler, color scale optional)

Expert protocol

See MUSE database: « RefPapier » [Paper References], « RefFiligrane » [Watermark References], « Données spécifiques Correspondance » [Specific data for letters]

 

WAX SEAL IDENTIFICATION

  • Name
  • Iconographic description
  • Color of wax
  • Place
  • State

 

 


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