Appraisals, curation and authentication assistance
XRF Spectrometry is of potential value for the curation and authentication of objects of historical interest. The elemental composition of collectibles can be used to help classify the objects and determine their origins. This is an example of Archaeometry, defined as the application of scientific techniques to the analysis of archaeological materials. It may also be used for assessing the value of art, antiques and other collectibles of more recent origins.
The trace elements present in samples will vary depending on technologies used in their manufacture over the ages. The examples below are academic, but illustrate how subtle changes in composition can be observed with the spectrometer. These examples involve metals, but XRF is equally powerful for observing metal elements in other materials.
XRF Analysis of Sterling and Vintage Coin Silver Tableware
XRF Analysis of Bronze Age versus Roman Bronze Objects
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