Conservation of a glass bottle

Object name: Unguent (perfume) bottle

Dimensions: Three separate pieces – 1) 52 mm x 17 mm, 2) 17 mm x 18 mm, and 3) 67 mm x 30 mm

Age: Roman period, found in Cyprus

Description: This glass perfume bottle has a long neck and was separated into three pieces, with part of the base missing. The glass appears opaque and iridescent due to a corrosion layer formed from leaching components of the original glass material.

Treatment: The separated parts were reconstructed with tape sutures and adhered with a solution of Paraloid B72 dissolved in acetone. As the glass could not be placed on its base without falling over, a small HXTAL NYL-1 fill was cast flat, allowed to cure for several days, and then shaped to fit the base of the bottle. The bottle was then housed in Plastazote® and crystal box.

Treatment completed by UCL conservation student Stephanie Black.

Lab card of Glass bottle before conservation

Lab card of Glass bottle before conservation

After Conservation showing supporting fill



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  2. Thanks Ebay Fenster! For those of you (like me) who don’t speak German:
    Important product. A window on the world. Your topic is valuable. Your Mirko. Good luck

  3. Viel gepostet. Diese Tatsache ist great. Auch die weiteren Postings sind imposant. Ihr Benutzer.

    1. Thanks Hier Man (who says): Much posted. This fact is great. Also the further postings are impressive. Your users.

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