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Before and After
Photograph by Ira Block

After a soak in acid and an electrochemical treatment in a conservation lab, corroded pewter spoons come out remarkably close to their original appearance. The top utensil is untreated, the bottom a finished product. Pewterware was a common trade item on board the slave ship Henrietta Marie; 121 spoons have been recovered so far from the wreck site, some with filigree intact. 

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