sword-sheath / buckle
Buckle, iron, with oval loop and plain tongue. Attached to the buckle is an iron fitting, possibly a sword scabbard strap-slide, with traces of silver corrosion on the upper surface and mineralised leather on the underside. It has two copper alloy rivets at one end (nearest the buckle) and one larger copper alloy rivet at the other end, secured by a washer. Plus one capsule containing an iron fragment.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Visitor Centre, SF2130, Grave 0868
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Width: 30 millimetres (buckle)
- Length: 58 millimetres (scabbard strap-slide)
The buckle and the possible scabbard strap-slide were originally separate. The latter was found as a lump with the sword. During conservation a tentative join was found between the two objects, and they were later joined together. Information from Conservation Merlin record BML 018 gr0868 sf2114 (Alternative ID) and pers. comm. from Hayley Bullock.
29 May 2001
Reason for treatment
Examine, X-ray, clean, repair, stabilise and repack as necessary
The object is in fair condition overall. The buckle is corroded and has an uneven surface with raised blisters of corrosion. The corrosion products are brown and orange. The surface is covered with sandy soil. There are cracks and fissures running through the buckle in some areas. During treatment the buckle fractured along existing cracks into two pieces. The leather and textile remains are heavily degraded and mineralised.
The object was examined under the microscope at up to x100 magnification. The object was cleaned both manually using a scalpel, and mechanically with the air abrasive using Aluminium oxide, No1 powder. This removed the soil and the iron corrosion products that were obscuring the surface. The organic remains were left in situ. The object was degreased using Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and consolidated using a 2.5% solution of Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). The objects were packed in a crystal box using plastazote, and stored in a stewart box with silica gel as a desiccant.
Finds were discovered during the archaeological excavations before the Visitor Centre was constructed. The National trust donated all of the finds to the British Museum.
Prehistory and Europe
- SF2130 (Small find number)
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Object reference number: MCS32710
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