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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.H.10

  • Description

    Four fragments of wood with gold foil, from shield 1939,1010.94. All fragments are of the same length.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 1.2 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 October 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair & repack as necessary.

    Condition

    The objects are in fair condition overall.

    There is excavation dirt on the surface.

    The gold foil is loose and not in contact with the wood from the shield.

    There are two triangular section holes in one of the leather fragments which may relate to triangular section holes in leather of shield rim.

    Treatment details

    The gold foil was consolidated using 10% HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) in 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol).

    The objects were repacked in crystal boxes with Plastazote. The boxes were re-labelled using permanent ink and all old labels, notes and stickers were placed in a polyethylene bag labelled with the objects' registration number.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.H.10

Wood fragments (x4) with gold foil, all of same length; from shield no.94.
There are 2 triangular section holes from leather of shield rim.

Wood fragments (x4) with gold foil, all of same length; from shield no.94. There are 2 triangular section holes from leather of shield rim.

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