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  • Description

    Wood and copper alloy boss collar from shield 1939,1010.94, consisting of a circular wooden backing, on which are set bands of copper alloy with gold foil. The outer rim has elemental zoomorphic bands, apparently not interlaced. The middle rim is raised and consists of a band decorated with raised dots, almost complete.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 4.8 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig. 52 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.


    The object has been repaired previously, and the wood, gesso and gold foil mounted on a glass fiber backing. There are adhesive residues over the gold and gesso fragments and on the wood. There are several loose fragments which require consolidating. Surface of the object is covered with a fine particulate black dust. The objects packing is inadequate and it has been mounted on a board with uncovered steel pins

    Treatment details

    loose fragments readhered and consolidated with HMG Paraloid B72 and a 2.5 % solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. The surface of the object was brushed gently with a sable brush in acetone and excess soaked up with a tiny cotton wool swab to remove dirt and reduce adhesive on the surface. The object was repacked in a crystal box with plastazote and acid free tissue. the object registration number was written on the lid of the box and on a tyvek label placed under the packing.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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