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
Reason for treatment
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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