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  • Description

    Silver fragments from rim of cup or small bottle 1939,1010.134, some mounted on plasticine.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 November 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair and repack as necessary


    Fragments are in fair condition but packaged inappropriately.

    3 small and 1 large fragment of gilded copper alloy pieces. Decorated. They have been previously backed by using fibre glass and PVA adhesive. Old adhasive aged and yellowed.

    Treatment details

    Repacked in a crystal box with Plastazote. The box was labelled with the registration number and on a tyvek label inserted under the packing. Original labels were re-packed in a polyethylene bag.

    The old backing was removed by using Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). The dismantled fragments were reattached by using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) and rebacked with nylon gossamer layers and 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). Repacked in a crystal box with plastazote cut outs.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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