forgery / buckle
Copper alloy buckle: oval loop with silver sheet overlay; tongue with basal shield; folded-over strip attaches loop to rectangular iron plate with silver sheet overlay with repoussé boss border; gold collared red cabochon glass setting in each corner and oval iridescent setting in centre; part fake.
- 20thC (additions)
- Length: 8.7 centimetres
13 September 2007
Reason for treatment
Investigative cleaning - How much is original? Silver cladding (modern) over original iron? X-ray?
Object believed to be a pastiche or cobbled together collage of elements ancient and Victorian. See X-ray. There does seem to be rust over the silver cladding.See X-ray. Underlying iron more broken than appears to naked eye.
After X-ray, discussion with B. Ager lead to decision not to continue with any cleaning. See CDS Analytical request no. AR2007/61
6 September 2007
Reason for analysis
Radiographic examination report for Visigothic buckles (1984,0107.5 and 1984,0107. 6)
Two buckles from the collections of Prehistory and Europe were radiographed in an attempt to clarify their construction. The pieces are known to be pastiches, made up of ancient and modern components. No unexpected components or decoration were found, although central plate of 1984,0107.5 is much more fragmentary than apparent on visual examination.
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCS2174
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