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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.H.6

  • Description

    Three fragments of wood with gold foil adhering; from shield 1939,1010.94.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 October 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate,repair & repack as necessary.

    Condition

    Previously stuck on glassfibre sheet. Remains of gold leaf. Possible remains of leather stitching in round hole (see picture).

    Treatment details

    Where gold leaf liable to become detached, consolidated with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.H.6

Wood fragments (x3) with gold foil attached; from shield no.94. One fragment has remains of original attachment through leather and wood - perhaps a leather thong? Image width 3mm

Wood fragments (x3) with gold foil attached; from shield no.94. One fragment has remains of original attachment through leather and wood - perhaps a leather thong? Image width 3mm

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