Formaldehyde is a strong reducing agent that reacts with proteins in a hide to form insoluble, stable compounds that are resistant to putrefaction. The use of formaldehyde was a standard tanning method for washable skins from sheep or lamb. It produces a strong, white, pliable, Leather that is water-resistant(Kuhn 1986).
Synonyms and Related Terms
aldehyde leather; formaldehyde tannage; curtimenta a formaldeído (Port.)
Resources and Citations
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989
- American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org