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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 50 centimetres (surviving)
  • Curator's comments

    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


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 April 2007

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    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.

    Treatment details

    The surface of the sax has been checked for loose areas. It is very stable and can go into storage.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1891

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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