About

All conservation repairs are reversible, detectable and sufficiently documented. The treatments are not deceptive or forgerous in any way.

Daisy Todd MA BA (Hons)

The Stamp Restorer is a private conservation studio run by Daisy Todd. Daisy carries out private conservation work alongside working for The British Library as a Book and Paper Conservator. Previous employers include The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Wren Library and The Acropolis Monuments. Daisy is a member of ICON, The IIC and The Royal Philatelic Society. 

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Daisy has written two first-class theses discussing the convoluted ethics surrounding philatelic conservation, and the means by which the careful application of appropriate conservation techniques may benefit philatelic collections. 

Subsequent research papers have focused on the analytical characterization of organic components in adhesive stamp gums; via FTIR-ATR, XRD and SEM/EDS. Her works have been published in the (FFE) Fakes and Forgeries Expert Journal amongst others. 

Ethos

Items are not manipulated for deception, imitation or forgerous intent. The work carried out is judicious and meticulous. Through conservation, items are stabilised, their condition and thus their overall aesthetic improved. 

The Stamp Restorer provides accompanying treatment reports for each object conserved. It is advised that these reports remain with the items at all times, particularly when the item is being traded. 

The Stamp Restorer specialises in the conservation of philatelic material. The studio carried out all conservation work in accordance to (ICON) The Institute of Conservation’s Professional Standards and Code of Conduct. 

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Cost

Bulk-lot discount:

If multiple items, 3 or more, are sent at once then a discounted set day rate will be charged. 

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Price per hour: £30.

Treatment materials & provision of final treatment report are included in this cost. Return postage is not. 

Treatment Options

Paper conservation involves a broad range of treatments, almost always used in conjunction with one another. Every treatment process is different as it is dictated by the item's needs. Below is a list of treatments commonly carried out on philatelic collections: 

MOULD DEACTIVATION

Of vegitative mould on paper items

ADHESIVE TAPE REMOVAL

Removal of tape carrier and adhesive residue 

STAIN & FOXING REDUCTION

Of stained, tidelined & foxed papers

MOUNTING & HOUSING

Conservation grade housing & mounting of collections

DEACIDIFICATION

Of actively deteriorating acidic paper

FLATTENING

Of curled or distorted items

STRUCTURAL CONSOLIDATION

Chromatically harmonized tear repairs, fills & lining of paper items

MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

Fixing, facing & consolidation of friable media

BACKING REMOVAL

Of structurally threatening mounts & backing boards 

CONDITION SURVEYS

Of individual items or entire collections

FORENSIC ANALYSIS

Non-destructive analysis of paper, inks & gum for expertization purposes