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shield

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.C.4

  • Description

    Leather fragment from the backing of part of the bird shield-mount, with ten rivet holes, some with copper alloy staining. Used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.7 centimetres
    • Width: 6.3 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    wood and leather fragment very friable and fragile. in unsuitable packing, mounted on a board with uncovered pins

    Treatment details

    Packed object in plastazote lined with acid free tissue within a crystal box. The box was labelled with the registration number on the lid and on a tyvek label inserted under the packing.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.C.4

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold, garnet, copper alloy and iron fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern lime wood shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold, garnet, copper alloy and iron fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern lime wood shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

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