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spoon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.3288

  • Description

    Spoon; silver; deep circular bowl and short handle of octagonal section terminating in a knob; at the juncture of the bowl and handle is a square panel with a curved continuation on each side; on the panel is a cross between two scrolls, all inlaid with niello

  • Date

    • 4thC-5thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6 inches
    • Diameter: 2.56 inches (bowl)
    • Weight: 960 grains
    • Weight: 2 ounces
  • Curator's comments

    In set with AF.3284-89 See also AF.3280-82

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1901 369 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 October 2002

    Treatment proposal

    Clean

    Condition

    The objects are in good condition overall. There is dirt and dust on the surface and there is tarnish in some areas.

    Treatment details

    The dirt and dust was removed using cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). Ther tarnish was removed using Silvo silver and chrome (cotton wadding,white spirit,Newburgh chalk,china clay). Any residues were removed using White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) and then Acetone.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.3288

  • Additional IDs

    • OA.4067
Spoon; silver; deep circular bowl and short handle of octagonal section terminating in a knob; at the juncture of the bowl and handle is a square panel with a curved continuation on each side; on the panel is a cross between two scrolls, all inlaid with niello

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