Hello everyone. I'm preparing to acquire two pens that I have had my eye on for a long while now and am looking for some help to keep them looking their best. Both are part of Pelikan's 1935 Originals of their Time series, the Jade and Lapiz. I don't intend for these to be display pieces (none of my birds are) but rather regular users.
I don't have a lot of experience with vintage materials and want to ensure that the pens stay in as good a condition as they can for as long as they can. My question is, how do you care for celluloid and hard rubber to prevent oxidation and discoloration?
I have looked up many threads but most address what happens after hard rubber discolors and the controversy over "re-coloring" it. How do I prevent it in the first place? I find the olive green or brown tint that these pieces take on somewhat unpleasing to the eye. I know to avoid prolonged exposure to UV lighting so definitely keep it out of the sun. Is regular incandescent or fluorescent lighting a problem too with regular use? They will be stored in a chest in a cool, dark place. Just how volatile is the hard rubber? I also understand to avoid contact with hot water as that will cause problems. Anything else you guys can suggest to keep my new birds looking good would be much appreciated. Thanks!