forgery / buckle
Copper alloy high tin bronze buckle in three fragments: oval inclined loop with tongue-rest and median grooving; tongue with basal shield; and rectangular plate with gold sheet overlay, with six oval collared glass cabochons around larger one in centre; fake plate.
- 20thC (plate)
- 7thC (loop)
- Length: 8 centimetres
The plate is fake, though the settings may be antique.
13 September 2007
Investigative clean. Gold foil probably modern. X-ray? Investigate inlay and settings - modern? Buckle has been glued but is now disintegrating. Remove old adhesive. Reveal original surface. Reconstruct. Poss. Ceramics involvement.
Buckle as presented is in 3 parts: plate, loop, tongue.1. Plate: back CuA with a peacock green patina. Alot of cracks and smeared over goop. There are cracks along the angles in the corrosion, proof of post-corrosion bending. Back of plate has been formed by bending up a piece of corroded CuA to form a tray. White filler has been mixed with green corrosion powder and used to cover lacunae, etc in the CuA sheet. Other areas have been filled with powdered iron corrosion in goop. One corner may have a genuine Fe corrosion stain. The attachments for the loop and tongue have been built up from cardboard, cack, goop and powdered corrosion. they are disintegrating.Front. All the inlay pieces are set in individual yellow metal settings with beaded wire collars (except one which has twisted wire) and the gold overlay has been placed over them with holes cut to accommodate them. The gold sheet is held in place with goop and powdered green corrosion. The inlays are glued into their settings with different goops. Several of the settings have split and one has a white metal solder repair which has generated some bright turquoise corrosion. Most of the inlays are very weathered glass except the central oval which is either garnet or good quality glass imitation.Some corrosion on all probably caused by being stored in velvet and leather jewellery case which reeks. Corrosion dark green/black and looks like tiny cauliflours.2. Tongue: Probably genuine. Has remains of 2 different adhesives/fillers and outbreaks of dark green/black corrosion like small cauliflours.Loop: pale grey metal, proably high tin bronze. Caked with various kinds of cack that held the tongue in place. Back has powdered iron corrion in goop smeared over it. Genuine copper corrosion masking surface and detail. Front has been roughly cleaned up by gouging and scratching. there are probable chatter marks from a drill along the decoration. More powdered corrosion in goop has been smeared over to cover rough cleaning.
After X-ray and examination, discussion with B.Ager lead to decision not to do much cleaning. See CDS Analytical report no. AR2007/61. Plate and tongue were left but the loop was cleaned of goop, etc with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and scalpel and some copper corrosion removed manually. Polished with Solvol Autosol (diatomaceous earth,methylated soap,white spirit) and rubbed bright with tissues.
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Copper alloy high tin bronze buckle; oval inclined loop with tongue-rest and median grooving; tongue with basal shield; rectangular plate with gold sheet overlay, with 6 oval collared glass cabochons around larger one in centre; fake plate.
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