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strap-end / shield

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Small gilt copper alloy strap-end, from the strap of shield 1939,1010.94. The strap-end is roughly rectangular, with two rivets attaching it to a small piece of leather at one end. The other end is rounded off as a 'snout', with a central panel containing a diamond pattern, creating a zoomorphic impression with the two rivets acting as 'eyes'. One of a pair with strap-end 1939,1010.94.I.6.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.3 centimetres
    • Width: 1.5 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.58 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2/fc175

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    2 December 2005

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Repair, consolidate and re-pack as necessary.


    A small fragment of gilding that is attached to an adhesive sticker. It is labelled 1939,1010.94.I.3,4,5,6, and must come from one of those objects.

    Treatment details

    Removed the gilding from the adhsive sticker using Acetone. Packed object with a plastazote lining 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 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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