Silver Plate Discovered!
Our Senior Conservator, John Corcoran, just completed the delicate conservation process of a very beautiful silver plate. The plate was found by the crew of the Dare in January 2009 on the Atocha site. While it is still very fragile we are always excited to see when an encrusted piece turns out to be in such good condition as it is difficult to tell pre-conservation the extent of the damage caused by the oxidation process. In this case we are quite pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to finding more pieces of the set on upcoming trips to the site. The plate is currently on display in our gift shop here in Key West.

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