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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.H.4

  • Description

    Two boxes of gold foil fragments from rim of shield 1939,1010.94. The fragments are very tiny and set on a fibreglass strip.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.26 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 October 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair & repack as necessary.

    Condition

    Gold foil fragments are in fragile condition. Packing is inadequate. They are currently adhered to a net of nylon gossomer.

    Treatment details

    The gold foils were consolidated using 5 % Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/ Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) 50:50. The net of nylon gossomer was adhered using Paraloid B72 to a backing of acid free card to provide support and rigidity to the fragments of gold. This board was placed in a sleeve of Melinex for protection.

    All other fragments were packed in a small crystal box with a plastazote padding.

    The boxes were re-labelled using permanent ink and all old labels, notes and stickers were placed in a polyethylene bag labelled with the objects' registration number.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.H.4

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