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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.180.c

  • Description

    Several wool fragments of woollen pattern wefts from soumak weave. Mounted. Excavated from drinking-horn complex. See also wool fragment 1939,1010.179.c.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 May 2006

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Re-house.

    Condition

    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.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.180.c

Before conservation April 2006. Textile fragment, mounted, of coarse woollen 2/2 diagonal twill; probably from coarse blanket or cloak; no.179 = SH4; from drinking-vessels complex.

Before conservation April 2006. Textile fragment, mounted, of coarse woollen 2/2 diagonal twill; probably from coarse blanket or cloak; no.179 = SH4; from drinking-vessels complex.

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