Rusty iron can be interesting

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Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by Oxgirl36 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:12 pm

I found this a few months ago but its a bit ugly and iron. I don’t really like rusty iron as a rule - no idea why :D Anyways kept it and recently did some research. Under the cruddy rust is a medieval iron annular buckle.

I suspect its 14th century as found in the area of a medieval village deserted at the end of the 14th century and the rest of the buckles found there have all been c.14th century. I’ll show it to the FLO and then maybe do a bit of rust removal :D

So check your rusty stuff out just in case :D
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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by shaggybfc » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:36 pm

I actually like digging some iron targets, especially if they're showing as a strange shape and large. Nine time of of ten, it will be some old chain links or plough shares, but then one day you'll get a nice medieval annular buckle. ::g
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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by Keef the Frog » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:57 pm

Haha, nothing wrong with rusty iron in my world.

I've found Monsieur Poirier's broken belt buckle, the chain for his horse & one of its shoes stuck in the mud by the spring. It must've been quite a scene as his horse legged & got stuck in the spring whilst his trousers were round his ankles :))

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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:17 pm

The 'ring' section looks to be in surprisingly good condition, less so the tang, so your gentle touch will be required during the rust removal stages. When attempting to minimise the de-laminating effect of rust on a 17th C iron axe-head, I was advised by the BM to boil it in water to remove some (not sure which) of the minerals it had probably become contaminated with whilst in the ground and drying very thoroughly before applying my own wax. Hope it's a big success ::g ss47
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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by Barbossa76 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:52 pm

Im taking notes here ive had no idea how to clean some of the stuff ive found especially coins

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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by dig-dog » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:11 pm

Some rusty iron is great! Especially swords, knives and spearheads.
Cleaning them up is a real problem but needs doing in order to preserve them.
Moisture needs completely removing and storage temperature/humidity is very important.
So quite a bit of hassle for some rusty old metal.
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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:14 pm

Barbossa76 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:52 pm
Im taking notes here ive had no idea how to clean some of the stuff ive found especially coins
There’s a whole section devoted to the topic of cleaning finds - just in case you haven’t spotted it :D

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Re: Rusty iron can be interesting

Post by Barbossa76 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:20 pm

Like a muppet i hadnt spotted it!! Or id forgotton it was there, maybe new year hangover still working its magic thanks for reply oxgirl ::g

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