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  • Description

    Button; silver-gilt; hoop; hemispherical body; plain on upper half; with pierced and filigree ornament in circles on the lower. Upper half badly damaged and largely missing.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 1.5 centimetres
  • Bibliography

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

    Upper half badly damaged and largely missing.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 May 2007

    Treatment proposal

    clean to remove chemical residues, dirt, tarnish


    button broken into two fragments. gilding loose and flaking underlying metal very granular as a result of chemical treatment.

    Treatment details

    consolidated gilding with a 2.5% solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. readhered fragments with HMG cellulose nitrate adhesive.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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