Restoration of old map of London
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RESTORATION OF OLD MAP OF LONDON

This extremely rare and valuable 17th century antique map of London printed for and dedicated to Sir Robert Vyner (Viner), Lord Mayor of London (1674), had suffered cuts and scratches from broken glass when the frame was damaged during shipping.

After removing from the frame and detaching from the mounting board the map was carefully cleaned from all the traces of broken glass and deacidfied to prevent further deterioration. The tears were carefully repaired and filled in with a pH neutral compound and all signs of damage were eliminated with greatest care.

     

After the restoration of map was completed only those who knew the original location of the damaged spots could identify the repaired spots. To complete the restoration, the map was placed in museum quality custom cut mat an mounting board.

Careful examination of this rare map of London helped to settle one of the longest standing historical debates. It does appear that indeed no public loo existed on either side of Thames at that time. Some say that there are still too few of them today.

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