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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.C.5

  • Description

    Alder wood backing for tail-piece of bird shield-mount, bearing markings of a complex interlace pattern executed on gold foil. A fragment of gold foil still adheres in one corner, fixed with a copper alloy rivet.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.8 centimetres
    • Width: 7.6 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    The thin wood has been backed with a sheet of glass fiber, which doest little to support the object and cracks have occured to the wood. The backing is untidy. The wood has been consolidated in the past and there is adhesive on the surface.

    Treatment details

    The backing was tidied by trimming it with a pair of scissors. The backing was strengthened by applying HMG Paraloid B72 to the glass fibre in the area of the crack. A small area of dislodged wood fragments was consolidated with a 2.5% solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. A loose fragment was readhered to the backing with HMG Paraloid B72. The surface of the wood was very gently brushed with a sable brush and puffer to clean dust off the surface. The surface of the wood was gently brushed and swabbed with acetone to remove adhesive and staining. the object was repacked in a crystal box with plastazote and acid free tissue padding. The object registration number was written on the lid of the box and on a tyvek label placed under the packing materials.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.C.5

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