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Updated: 14 April 2015
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
31 May 2006
Reason for treatment
The object had been put on silk crepeline and mounted between two pieces of glass. The pieces of glass had been slightly lifted apart from each other with window mounts in either card, polystyrene, or plastic honey comb, presumably to prevent crushing the fragments. Sellotape (very brittle and yellowed with age), newer clear Magic tape, brown paper or masking tape had been used to seal the four sides of the glass ‘sandwich’. Refer to the hardcopy chart housed a conservation envelope for the exact materials used in each case.
The object was put onto a padded board in a polystyrene box. The board was made from a sheet of Correx (corrugated sheet of polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer) covered with a layer of undyed cotton Calico fabric. Some boards’ edges were softened by applying gummed linen tape to its edges, and sometimes a layer of cotton Domette was stretched over the board prior to the cotton calico. Either or, the layer(s) was heat-sealed to the reverse using Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate, ethylene copolymer) adhesive. The corners of the board were finished off by stitching the Calico to itself on the reverse. A length of cotton twill tape was applied with the same adhesive to the underside in order to provide tabs to enable the board to be lifted out of the box easily.The object was then transferred to its board. If the objects had been resting on silk crepeline in their old mount, it was transferred still laying on it to minimize handling. Old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethylene bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects. The new boxes are labelled with the registration number on the lid and side, and on the cotton twill tabs.
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Object reference number: MCS9266
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