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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.119

  • Description

    Iron-bound bucket of yew-wood, reconstructed, incorporating most of the original iron rim with handle. The corroded iron rim comprises a thin, flat strip; attached to this is a piece of iron channelling which covers the ends of the wooden staves. The channelling is attached to the staves on the inside of the bucket with six iron clips. The handle is circular in cross-section and is attached to the rim by a simple length of iron, pierced to allow passage of the handle, which then bends upwards and round into a hook. Below the rim on the outside of the bucket are a series of six W-shaped strengtheners with birds' head terminals. The bucket has a central iron hoop or band, and another iron band at the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 34.2 centimetres (at rim)
    • Length: 54.5 centimetres (handle)
    • Width: 4.5 centimetres (rim)
    • Width: 3.1 centimetres (central hoop)
  • Curator's comments

    Reference: Cook, Jean, M., Early Anglo-Saxon Buckets. A Corpus of Copper Alloy- and Iron –bound, Stave-built Vessels, Oxford University School of Archaeology: Monograph 60, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, cat. no. 235 (pp. 90-1)

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Fig. 405 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

    12 July 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to remove surface dirt and dust.

    Condition

    The object is in good condition overall. There is dirt and dust on the surface of the object. There are three loose areas of previous repair where the adhesive has failed and the joins are weak and loose.

    Treatment details

    Aug 1984 Dusted with soft hair brush. S.Dove.

    July 2002 The dust was removed using a soft sable brush. The loose areas were readhered using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate).

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.119

Iron-bound bucket of yew-wood, reconstructed. Reconstruction incorporates most of original iron rim, in corroded state, with halking handle. HYandle attached to rim by means of a simple length of iron, pierced for passage of handle, which then curves upwards. Bucket has central rib and base band of iron. Below rim are series of six W-shaped strengtheners with discoid terminals.

Iron-bound bucket of yew-wood, reconstructed. Reconstruction incorporates most of original iron rim, in corroded state, with halking handle. HYandle attached to rim by means of a simple length of iron, pierced for passage of handle, which then curves upwards. Bucket has central rib and base band of iron. Below rim are series of six W-shaped strengtheners with discoid terminals.

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