Brass-iron couple and brass-iron-wood ternary system of metal objects from the Akko 1 shipwreck (Israel)

D. Ashkenazi, A. Inberg, D. Langgut, N. Hendler, D. Cvikel

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Abstract

A flintlock musket and a brass case with two nails attached, were retrieved from the Akko 1 shipwreck, dated to the early 19th century, and studied using metallurgical analysis. Both artefacts were covered with encrustation and concretion. The iron musket barrel and the iron nails did not survive; only corrosion products and oxides were left of them. The brass case, the brass musket ramrod pipe, and the wood texture were well preserved. In both artefacts the iron was sacrificed to protect the brass. This information may assist in future conservation of similar objects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-241
Number of pages14
JournalCorrosion Science
Volume110
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Akko 1 shipwreck
  • Brass case
  • Brass-iron-wood system
  • Flintlock musket
  • Galvanic corrosion

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