Sword sheath of leather with tooled and stamped decoration; on the front, background of stamped circles arranged in groups of four.
- Found/Acquired: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Length: 410 millimetres
- Width: 30 millimetres
- Thickness: 5 millimetres
25 March 2003
The scabbard was dirty, having sticky and slightly shiny surface. It was broken, clearly divided into two pieces
Loose dirt was removed from the surface using a soft brush and a low-powered vacuum cleaner fitted with a flexible rubber hose. The break were joined using 50% Mowilith 50 (polyvinyl acetate) in acetone. Missing edges along the join were filled with Japanese kozo (mulberry fibre) paper, using 20% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) as the adhesive. The paper had been previously painted to a matching colour with acrylic paints. The coating samples were taken to analyse by swabs on white spirit. It was found to be beeswax.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCM5995
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