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  • Description

    Leather fragment, possibly stitched, with scraps of textile; mounted on glass plate. Possibly from shoes.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.5 centimetres
    • Width: 1.2 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 May 2006

    Reason for treatment


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    The object had been put on silk crepeline and mounted between two pieces of glass. The pieces of glass had been slightly lifted apart from each other with window mounts in either card, polystyrene, or plastic honey comb, presumably to prevent crushing the fragments. Sellotape (very brittle and yellowed with age), newer clear Magic tape, brown paper or masking tape had been used to seal the four sides of the glass ‘sandwich’. Refer to the hardcopy chart housed a conservation envelope for the exact materials used in each case.

    Treatment details

    The object was put onto Jiffy foam, (polyethylene), in a polystyrene box. Extra long pieces of foam were cut to line the sides of the box to protect the fragments from the hard plastic should they touch the sides, as well as to facilitate ease of lifting the fragments out of the box.

    Old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethylene bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects. The new boxes are labelled with the registration number on the lid and side, and on the cotton twill tabs.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Before conservation April 2006. Leather fragment, possibly stitched, with scraps of textile, possibly part of shoes; mounted on glass.

Before conservation April 2006. Leather fragment, possibly stitched, with scraps of textile, possibly part of shoes; mounted on glass.

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