Best Practice Guidelines

Reading monuments - Lettering

Lead lettering erodes because of weathering of the mounting stone.

It is not possible to replace such lead lettering satisfactorily.

In new work, maintain style of existing lettering.

The new work will be readily apparent from the dates.

Re-leading, re-gilding, re-blacking are OK.

Re-cutting of incised lettering is not favoured and is often not possible due to the eroded condition of the stone.

If clients want to have the readable record it is better to provide a new granite or bronze plaque on a desk in front of existing.