|Title:||1760 king geoge III document|
|Description:||Army payroll document from the reign of king george III dated 1760 1-sided|
|Condition:||Good..national folds some discoloration..has been framed between glass|
|Origin:||Was given to my father about 50 years ago|
|Appraised By:||Joseph Newcome-Beill|
George III (George William Frederick) (June 4th 1738 – January 29th 1820) was King of Great Britain, and King of Ireland from October 25th 1760 until January 1st 1801, and thereafter King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. He was concurrently Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and thus Elector (and later King) of Hanover. The Electorate became the Kingdom of Hanover on 12 October 1814. George was the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, but the first to be born in Britain and use English as his first language. During George III's reign, Britain lost many of its colonies in North America, which became the United States. Also during his reign, the realms of Great Britain and Ireland united to form the United Kingdom.
Later in his reign George III suffered from recurrent and eventually permanent mental illness. It is thought now that he suffered from mental and nervous disorders as a consequence of the blood disease porphyria, which has struck several British monarchs. Recently, owing to studies showing high levels of the poison arsenic in King George's hair, arsenic is also thought to be a possible cause of King George's insanity and health problems. After a final relapse in 1811, George's eldest son, The Prince George, Prince of Wales governed as Prince Regent. Upon George's death, the Prince of Wales succeeded his father to become George IV.
George III has been nicknamed Farmer George, for "his plain, homely, thrifty manners and tastes".
Properly caring for documents and photographs is important when preserving family history. There are a few significant factors to consider when handling and storing precious family documents. Time and attention spent now will extend the life of your favorite documents.
First, assess where the documents and photos are stored. Ideally, documents and photographs should be stored in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. The temperature should be between 65 to 75 degrees, with a humidity reading between 40% to 50%. Small inexpensive thermometers that read temperature and humidity levels can be purchased at any discount store. Controlling the temperature and humidity will also lessen the threat of mold and insect damage. Humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners will help control temperature and humidity. Articles placed in a steamy attic or a damp basement should be moved to a more stable location. Do not place objects in close proximity to leaky pipes, water heaters, furnaces, chemicals, or windows. Arrange boxes in a cool dry place, away from ultra-violet light. Ultra-violet light, warm temperatures, and high amounts of moisture will hasten the deterioration rate of documents and photographs.
Next, documents and photos should be placed in archival quality boxes, folders, or sleeves. Storage in cardboard boxes is acceptable, as long as the boxes are in the correct temperature and humidity range. Cardboard boxes are very acidic. When they are used in combination with high temperatures and humidity the result is damaging to documents and photos. Eventually, quality archival storage products should be purchased in order to ensure protection. Documents should be placed in acid and lignin-free folders. Photos should be stored in polyethylene, polypropylene or mylar enclosures. Both may also be placed in buffered envelopes or polyester sleeves.
A few further simple conservation techniques will further safeguard your archival materials. Staples, rubber bands, and metal paper clips should be removed from documents and photos. Do not apply tape to rips or tears of your photos or documents because the gummy residue will soak into paper products. Whisk documents with a soft bristled brush, such as goat or horsehair brushes to remove any surface dirt. Consult a professional before performing any cleaning of photographs.
Lastly, give special attention to originals. Wear gloves when handling photographs to prevent the transfer of oils and dirt. Handle documents and photos very carefully in order to provide physical support. Place originals in storage while allowing a copy to be displayed and examined. For example, historical photos and documents that are framed and exposed to ultra-violet light should be removed and replaced with copies.
These simple procedures will extend the life of historical documents and photos and can be performed without great expense.
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