Sword (part of). Made of iron (corroded).
- Found/Acquired: Nilgiri Hills (?)
- (Asia,India,Tamil Nadu,Nilgiri Hills)
- Length: 20.2 centimetres
Similar to 1880.615 and 1880.616 with which it is kept.
Corroded and disintegrating; consolidated by Metals conservation Feb 1996
15 February 1996
Re attatch main fragments, clean as necessary with Air Abrasive unit. Consolidate with Glass icro-Balloons and HG Nitrocellulose ashesive.
The Iron is heavily corroded and laminated leaving the piece in fragments which are extremely fragile.
The areas of the blade to which the larger fragments were to be attatched were air abraided with Aluminium Oxide in a Jet Sonic unit along with the contact faces of the individual fragments (reverse sides). The main piece and fragments were Consolidated using 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 50/50 in acetone/Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) applied using brush. This was injected into the larger cracks along the hilt and pommel. The pieces were re attatched with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). The whole was air abraided with Alumunium Oxide and splits and cracks consolidted using Glass Micro-Balloons and HMG Adhesive. The join areas were retouched using Shellac, Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and dry ground powder pigments. The whole was finally coated with 5% Paraloid 50/50 in Acetone/IMS.
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Object reference number: RRI9736
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