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  • Description

    Button; silver-gilt; hoop; domed body; underside flat; with quartered sections with foliate motif.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    One of twelve buttons listed in register for this registration number.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1911 pp.391-397 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 February 2007

    Treatment proposal

    clean to removve chemical residues, dust and tarnish


    all objects whole, but surface and gilding scratched, areas of blue crystal growth possibly from previous chemical treatment. Tarnished and dirty.

    Treatment details

    swabbed with water to remove crystals. Swabbed with IMS and acetone to remove dirt and tarnish.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Button; silver-gilt; hoop; domed body; underside flat; with quatrefoil motif with foliate ornament.

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Button; silver-gilt; hoop; domed body; underside flat; with quatrefoil motif with foliate ornament.

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