Princeton Partners International (princetonpartners.com), the world-renowned leader in the production of replica papers has won the contract to make a large number of replicas of documents and associated university documentation for the Harlequin Rose Studios’ forthcoming series, The Trinity Trials – a courtroom drama set in the early faculties at Oxford in the middle of the 19th century.
For this feature Princeton Partners International (princetonpartners.co.uk) fashioned accurate replicas of original degrees and official letters from originals lodged at the Pitt Rivers Museum, The Ashmolean Museum of art and Archeology, and The British Library. Accustomed as Princeton Partners is to reproducing ancient documents, and diploma replicas in particular, had to create hand-made goatskin parchments utilizing ancient methods and pigments, replicating the inimitable styles of the artisans of the day. In many instances Princeton Partners had to analyze how the ancient documents were created and develop new systems to achieve the required results. This is a very time-consuming, and involved process than brings together many virtually forgotten, artisan skills blending them with modern methods and materials in a practice of progression.
Princeton Partners isn’t shy of tackling the most complex and challenging of jobs. In a recent project from a well-known museum, Princeton Partners fashioned a accurate replica of a “Book of Hours” to take the place of an original. It is this replica, which is currently on display behind a climate-controlled secure display cabinet whilst the original undergoes a 2-year restoration project at an undisclosed location.
It has been projects of this nature that has driven Princeton Partners International to develop new and exciting systems to make their replicas ever more accurate and authentic; techniques like fooling existing Carbon dating methods.
In an attempt to make the perfect museum replicas, Princeton Partners International personnel are reportedly working on a new document aging procedure that aims to fool Carbon-14 dating to the extent that, according to sources, the only way to tell the original from the replica is by comparing a known original master with a known replica and using and Electron Microscope and/or a Mass Spectrometer.
According to sources, Princeton Partners International occasionally only coat the surface of the parchment by introducing Carbon-14 particles from the correct time period (a procedure known as “seeding”) so in some cases, the apparent age of the replica will be the one be desired and only destructive testing will reveal the real date of the replica.
This can be applied in cases where it is known that only the surface of a parchment is analyzed by means of lightly scraping the surface
This “seeding” procedure has to be applied on any goatskin parchment material, since it is not possible at this time to reconstruct goatskin from pulp.
Another system Princeton Partners International is experimenting with in order to fool Carbon-14 dating is to change the surrounding atmosphere in a chamber and bombard the replica with fast moving particles to modify the material and produce Carbon-14 in varying amounts to mimic the signature of a piece dating back to a particular period in time. This is very much in the prototype stage and we have no further data at this time regarding the evolution of the development.
In one of the scenes of the television production you will be able to see one of the wall-hung documents being ruined in a house fire – a scene all the more distressing because of the many skilled hours that went into producing it.
Princeton Partners has produced replicas for the film industry and museums but this project was particularly demanding because of the large number of complex diplomas that needed to be made in a very short space of time.
Viewers with a keen eye will be able to see the delicate work of Princeton Partners when the series airs in the spring of 2013.
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