Portion of maple wood bottle, curved, comprising part of body and length of rim with impression from mount, and protruding silver rivet.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 8.4 centimetres
- Width: 6.3 centimetres
Comey, M. G., 2013. The wooden drinking vessels in the Sutton Hoo assemblage: Materials, morphology and usage. In: Bintley, M. and Shapland, M. (eds.), Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Oxford: Oxford University Press
2011 26 Mar-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, People of Sutton Hoo.
21 March 2011
Reason for treatment
Light clean to remove tarnish.
Stable condition. Surface has areas of silver chloride (from deterioration during burial conditions). Whilst only about half the surface of the pieces has tarnish it is widely variable and ranges in colour / severity from a light brown tarnish to a dense iridescent blue. Cotton wool hairs are evident trapped in surface receeses and cracks from a previous conservation treatment. The adhesive used during a previous conservation treatment to adhere the fragmentary silver sheet to perspex panels is stable but is beggining to yellow with age.
The majority of the tarnish was removed easily using Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs under magnification. Areas of more dense tarnish were removed under magnification with cooton wool swabs moistened with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) and rolled in Silvo wadding (cotton wadding, white spirit, Newburgh chalk, china clay). The areas were degreased with White Spirit then Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied on cooton wool swabs. Any stray hairs from cotton wool swabs removed under magnification with tweezers.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Group of Objects
Portion of a maple wood bottle, comprising a length of rim and part of the body. The rim has clear impressions from parts of two silver mounts, with metal strip and rivet holes for attachment. Part of the body section has clear silver vandyke impressions with rivets and rivet holes, likewise on the inside.
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Object reference number: MCS17003
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