Ways to detect an erasure

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Microscope photography makes it possible to discern even the tiniest ink and paper alterations. In photo no. 1, the stereoscopic microscope (adjusted from a 20 to a 35 times magnification) shows irregular and ruffled cellulose fibres especially under the diagonal ink line; this finding is an indication of an abrasive action probably carried out by an eraser. One can also notice with clarity the ink anomalous distribution, with micro-particles scattered outside the regular pen stroke: the eraser abrasive intervention is confirmed and there is positive identification of a correction attempt along the rising diagonal.

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In photo no. 2 (taken with only ultraviolet lighting) the erasure results ascertained beyond any doubt.


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