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  • Description

    Spoon; silver-gilt; acorn and baluster-top spoon; a mark at the top of the bowl.

  • Date

    • 14thC(early)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 16.9 centimetres
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 January 1986

    Treatment proposal

    Clean for exhibition. req no 29051


    Lacquered. tarnished. Req no 29051

    Treatment details

    Old lacquer removed with nitromors, methylene chloride. Rinsed in tap water. Cleaned with Hotel silver dip (acidified thiourea). Washed in tap water. Protected with Goddard's long term silver cloth (comp. unknown). Winsor, P R

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Spoon; silver-gilt; acorn and baluster-top spoon; detail of the mark at the top of the bowl.

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Spoon; silver-gilt; acorn and baluster-top spoon; detail of the mark at the top of the bowl.

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