Inscriptions under UV light
Some of the inscriptions on artifacts in our collection have faded and are only partially visible with the naked eye, especially those written in ink on absorbent surfaces such as wood or cardboard. In order to read such inscriptions we have inspected them under UV light, with special eye glasses. We were thus able to see a couple of more letters, which sometimes makes the difference between deciphering a text through completion or recording it as illegible. Our colleague Maria Pakucs fought with the Latin, German and Hungarian inscriptions on the eighteenth-century medicine chest and on the covers of several pharmaceutical ledgers in the collection.