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PREFERRED TERM
alum-tawed skin
BROADER CONCEPT
ENTRY TERMS
  • tawed

  • white leather

  • white tawed

  • whittawed

SCOPE NOTE
  • A skin prepared in an aqueous solution of a double salt of aluminium and potassium sulphates. The process, which is of great antiquity, produces a white skin which is dried (crusted) and then staked, or worked over a blunt metal knife, to produce a soft, supple skin, qualities which could be enhanced by the addition of flour and egg-yolk to the tawing solution. If wetted again, as many blind-tooled German bindings of the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth century were before tooling, the skin becomes once more hard and horny, as though it had reverted to the raw, untanned state. Also known as tawed skin (Reed, pp.62-65).

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http://w3id.org/lob/concept/1197
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