Ink stamps are a popular collector’s item. Not only do many ink stamps have a lot of historical value, but they’re also often considered to be an impressive form of art. They can be a difficult thing to collect however, with a lot of them being quite fragile. Keeping them in mint condition can therefore be quite a challenge.
Luckily, there are some great things you can do to get the most from your collection.
How do I keep my ink stamps in mint condition?
One of the best things you can do to protect your ink stamps is to keep them up in a high place. This is much safer than keeping them in a box on the floor as it minimises the risk of water damage and increases airflow, reducing the risk of them being destroyed by humidity. This is very important to keep in mind, especially if you live in a flood zone as water could totally destroy your collection.
Store them in a cool, dry place
It’s equally important for you to store your ink stamps in a cool, dark place as your collection could be easily destroyed by moisture or intense temperatures. Moisture in the air can contribute to your ink stamps degrading over time, and can also lead to discolouration. Moisture in the air can also cause mould to build up. It’s also important for your ink stamps to be stored in a dark place as the sun’s UV rays can impact the colour of your items and cause the inks to degrade in quality.
If you’re planning to handle ink stamps, you should get some tweezers for the task. The natural oils on your hands can actually damage your treasured collectibles over time. If you’re picking them up then there’s also a chance that you could crease or damage your treasured possessions. Tweezers make it much easier to safely handle your collection.
Use acid-free paper
Another very important thing to keep in mind is that you should use acid free paper when creating an album of your stamps. Normal paper will degrade and yellow over the time, eventually becoming very brittle which will be a problem for your collection. The acid in most papers can also damage any marks you have made on the paper as the ink will lighten due to the acids over time. The majority of today’s paper is now acid free so it should be relatively easy for you to find it, but it’s always worth double checking.
Avoid stamp hinges
These are basically transparent paper which is tacky enough to affix your items to your album. They’re a popular choice for putting together an album and are favoured by many collectors because they’re easy to use and relatively cheap. Unfortunately, they can sometimes cause damage to your collection, which can be quite devastating for collectors. Plastic mounts are a good alternative. They are basically a small piece of plastic with an adhesive backing. They are fixed to your album and your collector’s items are slide into the plastic, similar to the way a picture is slid into a frame. They are fairly cheap and easy for most collectors to get their hands on and they want cause the same damage that a hinge would.
These are a few of the most important tips to keep in mind when you’re collecting! Following these guidelines will ensure that your collection is kept in good condition and protected from any potential damage from moisture or adhesives. Hopefully you found the information in the article helpful.