Old "Drop Bottom" Canvas Cases - Preservation?

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  1. Telekarster

    Telekarster Tele-Meister

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    Hey all! So... I have one of those old "drop bottom", canvas covered "chip board", cases circa 1900's tha'ts often seen with old instruments of that period. I don't use it of course, but it came with my 1914 L-1 when I bought it years ago. I would like to keep the original case preserved from further degredation. The case is in overall good condition and fairly stable, considering its age, but the canvas could use a good cleaning and protection if possible. I know how to preserve/protect leather but as far as the canvas board stuff, I'm sort of at a loss. Just not sure what I could/should use if anything at all. I've searched and searched trying to find some recommendations but outside of calling the Smithsonian or something, I haven't been able to find any info on this topic. Does anyone out here have some suggestions/experience on this?

    Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!
     
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    This is something I found.....I've never done it, so someone with greater knowledge may say DON'T....but it sounds good to me.
    https://buffalojackson.com/blogs/insight/how-to-rewax-a-canvas-bag
     
  3. Telekarster

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    Thank you. That is an interesting idea. I do have some "Butcher's paste wax" that was recommended to me by a conservator years ago for antique furniture finishes... I'll need to get it out and see what it says to use it on. Thanks for the idea though! Hoping someone who's dealt with this sort of thing before might see this and chime in too. Appreciate it!
     
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    Find out what they did for the fabric on Neil Armstrong's suit before bringing it back out for display at the Smithsonian.

    Seriously, though, my first thought would be a vacuum cleaner and maybe some powdered carpet cleaner to lift some dirt and smell from the canvas without using any kind of cleaning fluid.
     
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