CLOTH SEAL

Unique ID: HAMP-F7A5D6

Object type certainty: Certain
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One piece of a post medieval lead two-piece seal, possibly with an anthropomorphic design. The object is sub-circular, with a section missing from the circumference, and the connecting lead strip and opposite piece of the seal has been lost. The uniface design on the seal appears to depict the body of a man and a woman (both naked and missing their heads) on two third of the face, with an underworld? below them; on the right is a ladder from the ground level downwards. It is of uncertain origin, and the complexity of the design is unusual for cloth seals. Cloth seals were in use between the 13th and 19th centuries and were part of a system of industrial regulation and quality control which became very complicated, particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Egan 1995, 1), thus a post medieval date has been suggested.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Length: 13.25 mm
Width: 11.78 mm
Thickness: 2.05 mm
Weight: 1.525 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th September 2008

Rally details.

This object was found at Weekend Wanderers - Ropley (28-09-2008) held Sunday 28th September 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Kath Creed - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 18

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Fragment [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East
County: Hampshire
District: East Hampshire
Parish: Ropley

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6434
Four figure Latitude: 51.101739 Four figure longitude: -1.08732
1:25K map: SU6434
1:10K map: SU63SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Wednesday 10th June 2009
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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