Iron sax: blade flaking and tip missing, with large concretion on one side (remains of guard or scabbard mouth?) and double-handed tang; plus bag of fragments.
- Length: 50 centimetres (surviving)
Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)
For comments re. entire collection see 1908,0801.393
Frohnstetten (now Stetten am kalten Markt-Frohnstetten), Kr. Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; found 1892; grave 7, associated with nos. 1908,0801.438, 439, 446, 480, 484 and 485 (MS catalogue).
ZÜRN H. and SCHIEK S. 1969. Die Sammlung Edelmann im Britischen Museum zu London, Urkunden zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte aus Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern 3. Stuttgart, p. 27, pl. 33E:1
4 April 2007
Reason for treatment
Repair. Remove old coating.
The surface of the sax looks stable. Interesting are several red and blue spots on the surface. Whether they can be associated with former treatments or with original substance, e.g. pigments of a former polychrome surface is not sure. However, pictures were taken and a sketch made with the location of the colourful remains.
The surface of the sax has been checked for loose areas. It is very stable and can go into storage.
21 September 2004
Reason for analysis
Identification Of A Filler On Iron Saxon Sword 1908,0801.492
An iron saxon sword from the 7th century, 1908,0801.492, was covered by a thick brownish transparent layer. A filler had been applied in several areas. A sample of the filler was taken from the object and analysed using FTIR. It was found to be a mixture of clay and shellac.
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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