forgery / belt-fitting
Copper alloy belt back-plates, two: cast rectangular (half of (a) is missing); incised linear and geometric decoration, (a) with fret border and (b) with saltire; fake gold sheet overlays, with repoussé geometric decoration; attachment lugs on back.
- 20thC (overlays)
- 7thC (plates)
- Length: 3.9 centimetres
Plates are original, but overlays are false additions.
22 August 2007
Reason for analysis
Identification of black corrosion on bronze buckle plate 1984, 1-7. 4B
Dark green/black efflorescence of corrosion in a ‘broccoli’ shape on the copper alloy buckle plate was analysed by SEM/EDX and XRD. It was found to be a mixture of copper sulphates and sulphides.
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCS2419
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