Sheep vellum

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A fine, white Parchment made from untanned Sheepskin. Skins for vellum typically come from newborn or stillborn animals. Vellum is made by cleaning, dehairing, scraping and stretching the skin until a smooth, thin semitransparent page is obtained. The final smoothing step involves polishing with Pumice or Talc to create a smooth writing surface. Vellum is also made from Calfskin and Goatskin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vitela (Esp.)

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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