The work undertaken was on the top 4 bosses of the frontal where the worst wear had occured. The gold was unravelling and the silk shading was disintegrating. We managed to match the threads fairly well for the silk shading and we bought new gold thread for the centre of the bosses but we re-couched the outer goldwork. The fringe was gently brushed and we felt it would unwind if we washed it. The old linen top was removed and a new piece inserted. The gold shines out now when the frontal is on the altar but we have advised the church that next time it will have to be replaced. We felt that the bosses were probably re-used ones from a previous frontal as they seemed quite old.
This is what they look like now.
The full altar frontal.
Here are some of the exhibits dotted around the church and on display in the vestry.