Conservation

Treatment date
1 September 2011

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Light clean to remove tarnish.

Condition
The objects are in good condition overall. The handle and bowl are both tarnished and quite dark in appearance. There are tarnish streaks in areas on the handle.There is dust and dirt present on the surface. The triangular gilded areas are quite worn.

Treatment details
The dirt, dust and tarnish was removed using cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). The darker areas of tarnish were removed using cotton swabs moistened in White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) and wiped in Duraglit metal polish (cotton wadding,white spirit,ammonium soap,china clay,Newburgh chalk). Any residues were removed using white spirit and then Acetone. Care was taken to avoid the triangular gilded areas so they are not worn.