The treatment of stamps, envelopes, and correspondence is carried out with the utmost care and respect to integrity and value of the item. Applying conservation treatments with minimal restoration preserves the artifact and improves the overall appearance of the item without recreating or embellishing the item in any way that would harm it’s authenticity.

Treatments for philatelic materials include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning, washing, removal of dirt and brightening

  • Reduction and reversal of discolouration and stains due to foxing, water/tidemarks, light exposure, acidic framing materials and other sources

  • Removal of old repairs, acidic backing boards, and reversal of detrimental mounting techniques

  • Repair of tears, reduction/removal of creases, and loss compensation

  • Returning suppleness through humidification or aqueous treatment

  • Chemical stabilization and neutralization of products of deterioration

  • Preventative care through the construction of custom enclosures or returning to original frames with acid-free materials and UV filtering glass.

Before and After Treatment Examples