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20 Year Old Tanned Cape

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Ustor, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Ustor

    Ustor New Member

    I have two Carolina Tannery dry tanned deer capes. They have been in a box indoors for 20 years. What would be the best way to rehydrate or am I wasting my time attempting to mount?
  2. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    It depends on how they were tanned. I'd contact Carolina Tannery and get advice from them on the best method to re hydrate their tan jobs.
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  3. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Most if not all commercial tans have a shelf life of 6 months to a year, this is what tanneries say to safely re hydrate before they may tear or deteriorate. I've successfully hydrated many capes and hides much longer in dry state and had complete success. 20 years is way beyond any life expectancy.
  4. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    As Paul said, 20years is way beyond any expected shelf life. If you try it, I would suggest you rehydrate one small part at the back of the cape and see how it handles being rehydrated, before trying the whole cape.