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Title: Metallurgy of armour exhibited at the Palace Armoury, Valletta, Malta
Authors: Vella, Daniel A.
Degrigny, C.
Grech, M.
Williams, A.
Keywords: Metals -- Conservation -- Congresses
Arms and armour -- Conservation and restoration -- Malta -- Congresses
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: National Museum of Australia
Citation: Vella, D. ... et al. (2004). Metallurgy of armour exhibited at the Palace Armoury, Valletta, Malta, in, Metal 04 : proceedings of the International Conference on Metals Conservation : Canberra, Australia, 4-8 October 2004 = Actes de la Conférence Internationale sur la Conservation des Métaux, edited by John Ashton & David Hallam, p. 215-231
Abstract: The metallurgy of ten armour pieces from the Palace Armoury Collection in Malta was examined. Results showed that out of ten artefacts examined, six were produced in low carbon steel, one from a high carbon steel and three were made from wrought iron. One of the wrought iron armour pieces was fabricated from a phosphoric iron, an unusual material for these artefacts. All the steel artefacts exhibited a ferrite-pearlite microstructure. In their manufacture, no attempts had been made at producing martensite by full or slack quenching. All metal fragments contained slag inclusions. The elongated nature of the latter suggested that these artefacts were forged into shape.
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