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    Small fragment, part of a tapestry band in purple-coloured wool with details in undyed linen; plain undyed linen beyond. Borders of stylised leaves; central design, very worn, probably a sloping meander. "Late Antique".
    Materials: wool; Technique: tapestry on grouped warp threads, wrapped float brocading, simple tabby; Warp: linen, S-spin, c.15 ends per cm; Weft: linen and wool, S-spin, c.45 ends per cm in tapesty, c. 8 in plain areas; Edges: fragmentary or cut; Sewing: none.

    Textile fragment, part of a tapestry band; blue border in wool on linen. Borders of stylised leaves.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10 centimetres
    • Width: 10 centimetres
  • Condition

    Poor; worn and fragmentary.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 September 2006

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove from Melinex. (adhesive coated net is firmly adhered).


    Textile fragments has been adhered to a nylon net backing with an unknown adhesive.

    Treatment details

    In the past, the textile fragment was adhered to nylon net (sticky net). The fragment has been stored in a Melinex (polyester) sleeve. During summer 2005, as part of the restorage of the P&E textile collection, this sleeve which was sealed at the edges with sticky tape which had failed over time, was replaced (restorage project carried out by Anna Harrison and Catherine Petit de Bantel). It was then found that the sticky net had become closely adhered to the Melinex sleeve.

    In the Organic Artefacts Conservation Studio the fragment was detached from the Melinex through mechanical means. A metal spatula was used to carefully separate the net from the Melinex. The net remained firmly adhered to the textile. The fragment and netting were then placed between two pieces of silicone coated, 23 micron Melinex. This 'sandwich' was then slipped into the 'standard' Melinex sleeve for the P&E textiles. This consisted of an inner sleeve which is sealed along one long edge and is then slipped into an outer sleeve which is sealed along two short edges. This is designed to allow easy access to the textile.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Collection purchased at sale on 6th Dec 1954, lots 154, 155 and 156.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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