Just acquired a 1917 Brodie, the one with the rubber ring in the crown. It in very nice complete condition, however my question is about the white 'pad' under the ring. The felt covering it has all gone, and I believe this pad is asbestos. It looks solid and I'd rather not try and remove it, but recognize its a health hazard (it will be displayed in my glass case but could be handled from time to time).
Can anyone advise on how best to stabilize or 'seal' this pad without disturbing it or damaging the rest of what is a very original liner? Or do I need to take steps to remove this pad?