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shoe-buckle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.151

  • Description

    Copper alloy buckle, complete, forming a pair with buckle 1939,1010.150. The loop is oval shaped and circular in cross-section, and is bent back behind the buckle-plate. The tongue is oblong in cross-section, and arches onto the loop from the buckle-plate. The buckle-plate is rectangular, comprising a sheet of copper alloy folded back to form the upper and lower plates of the buckle, and a loop to hold the buckle-loop. The buckle-plate is attached to the edge of leather strap 1939,1010.151a with three dome-headed rivets. The buckle is very corroded and green. Excavated from Area C and shoes complex.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3 centimetres (plate and loop)
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres (plate)
    • Width: 2.9 centimetres (loop)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 553c-d bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 November 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Consolidate, repair and re-pack as necesaary.

    Condition

    Object in unsuitable packing.

    Treatment details

    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 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.151

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