The Art of Caring for Your Rare Documents

When you think of old documents, pieces like; Shakespeare’s first folios, the Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address are just a few of the documents that come to mind. All are housed in places of great esteem but they don’t have to be. What if you happened to have in your possession a rare document signed by a great political figure? The first thing you’d want to do is make sure that you kept it in as pristine condition as possible.

Tips & Tricks for Care

Here are a few simple suggestions that you can use to make sure your documents are preserved for years to come.


You never want to handle your documents too much for risk of tearing. If you must hold your document make sure your hands are; clean, free of any cream or moisturizers, and never touch it with wet hands.

Keep out of direct sunlight/heat

Exposing your documents to direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause fading and is irreversible damage. Opt for keeping your items in unlighted places or in a frame with UV glass. Along with sun, comes the heat, which is another element you would want to avoid. Paper may beat rock but heat beats paper every time.

Rare Document Appraisal

After all the tender loving care you have shown your documents, you may be interested in seeing how much all that hard work has paid off by getting an appraisal. That’s where the fine people of The Breus Group come in, Alan Breus is one of the leading experts in fine art and can handle any of your appraisal needs. For more information contact The Breus Group here.

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