Silver spoon (cochlear), with a rounded oval bowl that has a marked rat-tail running the full length of the underside. The offset is open, with a curved volute and a plain, round-sectioned handle, which appears to have been bent and straightened again in antiquity. The bowl is very heavily worn, with some loss of metal at the tip, affecting the beginning of the inscription, which reads [V]IVASINDEO.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 170 millimetres
- Length: 48 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 32 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 22.6 grammes
Inscription Content[V] IVASINDEO
Inscription TransliterationVivas in deo
Inscription TranslationMay you live in god.
Inscription CommentThe initial V has been lost through heavy wear to the tip of the bowl
Late 2016 – Late 2021, Rome: City & Empire touring exhibition, venues TBC. PROMISED
20 June 1996
Reason for treatment
1992; Coated with fine snady soil and tip of bowl damaged and worn due to use. 1996; Light silver chloride corrosion over entire surface. No neillo in the inscription and the tip of spoon was bent before or during burial.
1992; Soil removed with tap water on cotton wool swabs and dried with paper towel. 1996; Removed with 15% Ammonium Thiosulphate, washed with tap water rinsed with distilled and paper towel blotted followed by two changes of IMS and one of Acetone. Lightly polished with Goddard's long term silver cloth (comp. unknown)
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90921
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