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Albumen prints - Identification

 
In general examination with a magnifying glass will reveal the typical 'cracking' of albumen. 
  

Albumen prints - Possible confusion

 
The overlap between salted paper and early albumen prints is noted above.
 
Some mechanical processes such as Woodburytype and collotype illustrations, as well as early collodio-chloride and gelatino-chloride prints have been confused with albumen.
 
In general examination with a magnifying glass will reveal the typical 'cracking' of albumen. Prints that lack this are unlikely to be albumen.
 
Virtually all vintage albumen prints show some evidence of fading and some yellow staining, particularly in highlights. However many nineteenth century images using other processes also show these signs. 
  
 
This section is courtesy of Peter Marshall
 
  
 
  
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