Alaunkleister

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The German word for alum paste, a modified starch paste used in the 19th century. Alaunkleister is composed of starch mixed with potassium aluminum sulfate (alum - 8%) and animal glue (15%) (Bluher et al 1996). While alum was added to make the adhesive stronger, it also made paste hard and brittle and nearly insoluble. It was used to mount prints in albums.

Synonyms and Related Terms

alum paste

Additional Information

A.Bluher, G.Banik, K-H.Maurer, E.Thorbois, "The Application of Enzyme-containing Methylcellulose Gels for the Removal of Starch-based Adhesives in Albums" ICOM Preprints, Vol.II, p.494-499, 1996.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Roy Perkinson, contributed information, 1998

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