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  • Description

    Strap-end; silver; tongue-shaped with curved sides and pointed end; two incised grooves across one end; notched decoration; two attachment rivets at back.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-8thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.87 centimetres
  • Exhibition history


    1996 25 Apr-31 Oct, Austria, Vienna, Schloss Halbturn, Hunnen und Awaren

  • Condition

    Modern repair.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 April 1996

    Treatment proposal

    yfdd Rejoin and reinforce.


    All three were broken in half-probably by pressure having been applied to their upper surfaces while the rivets on their outer ends were supported on a rigid surface.All breaks were comparitively recent in the opinion of the conservator.

    Treatment details

    Perspex supports were made for all three strap ends and stuck in place with H.M.G. nitrocellulose adhesive.The supports conformed to the shape of each strap end and were thick enough to prevent the rivet ends from touching anything.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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