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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.122.-7,81

  • Description

    Two boxes of gilt copper alloy fragment from one of bottles 1939,1010.122-127.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    2 November 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair and re-pack as necessary.

    Condition

    Object fragments are fused in large lumps to the metal rim of the labels.

    Some of the fragments include gold foils are very fragile and dirty.

    Treatment details

    The dust was removed by a puffer. Lumps of fragments sepparated mechanically using a scalpel and corrosion removed. The gold foils and some silver fragments were consolidated by using 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) 50:50. The loose fragments were divided away from the bulk and put into gelatin capsules. Packaged - inert support packaging in crystal boxes.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.122.-7,81

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