Herbert Maryon write-up p.2, The Kansas City Times, 22 March 1962
22 . 1962. Mirrors Fail to Reflect Enthusiasm. (Continued From Page 1.) rimmed glasses, his eyes are alert and curious. “I have a lot of plans,” Maryon said. “I am 88, and I decided I had to get to work.” Begins Long Tour. So Maryon retired from the British Museum after 16 years with the laboratory, and started a tour of the world in search of Oimese mirrors. In his 16 years of laboratory work, Maryon was part of a team which restored the treasures found in the Sutton Hoo burial ship and an ancient mask found at Horns, SvTia. The burial ship, containing possessions of a 7th century Anglian king, was found in Suffolk. It was uncovered in 1939. “In Elizabethan times somebody had been trying to find the ship,” Maryon said. “They dug into the mound, but the ship wras buried five feet below. Evidence of the Elizabethans in cluded a beer Jug and some bones Which showed they bad stopped to eat,” The ship contained a drinking horn three and one-half feet long, in addition to armor and jewelry which had been decorated with fine goldwork. The horn, filled with wine, was passed around to guests at celebrations. “The horn was smashed flat,” Maryon said. “We were aided in restoring it by borrowing from the Natural History museum a fossil of the horn.” The restoration was a long and difficult task, but time is unimportant in a museum dealing with ageless objects. “That is one thing we never look at,” Mar>’on said, “It doesn’t matter how long you take to do it as long as it is done as it should be.” The restored mask, now in the museum of Damascus, Is dated about the first century. It was made of iron and covered with sflver, and had been ravaged by time. After several failures at restoration, It was taken to the British Museum, “The laboratory of the British museum is the last resort in these things,” Maryon said. Maryon said that he could not remember a time when he was not interested in metalwork. As a ymith, he used to haunt the British Museum. Continued His Studies Later, to improve his metal work, he studied sculpture six years. Maryon arrived in this country February 15 by way of Australia, where he visited a brother he had not seen in 60 years. He has been going from museum to museum wherever he learns of an interesting collection of mirrors. He will conclude his journey in about a month with a visit to a son in Toronto, who is a civil engineer.