Comments on records

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 20:27:38 @ 23rd June 2012.

A legible image of the face with RS and unreadable inscription is included in Geoff Egan's catalogue. In this it clearly reads +SVFFOLKE. Another seal on the PAS database has the same cockerel within a lozenge shaped border see ESS-5C1112. The other face of this seal reads COM / SVFF / OLK. Clearly both seals are closely related and connected to the cloth industry of the county of Suffolk. See Geoff Egan "Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items in the British Museum" (1994) item no. 100 p52 & fig 23.

About: Cloth seal NARC-B31093
Post medieval Northamptonshire

  • SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 17:53:20 @ 23rd June 2012.

The links to examples have changed and are now http://www.bagseals.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=759 and http://www.bagseals.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=3319

About: Seal LVPL-A7EE96
Post medieval Cheshire West And Chester

  • SCABBARD
Andrew Rogerson wrote @ 16:38:23 @ 22nd June 2012.

This is part of an 11th-cent. ("Norman") sword scabbard chape, cf. SUSS-77F477

About: Scabbard YORYM-C0D198
Early medieval East Riding Of Yorkshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 19:11:24 @ 17th June 2012.

This is an official alnage seal of Queen Anne. The surviving inscription matches that of Egan (1994) item no. 145. The other face with the fleur-de-lis and '1' records the one penny paid. The fleur-de-lis is not recorded so far associated with Anne's bust. See "Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items in the British Museum" by Geoff Egan (1994) item no:145, p65 and fig. 27.

About: Cloth seal SF-F1D944
Post medieval Suffolk

  • COIN
John Robinson wrote @ 13:47:50 @ 15th June 2012.

The coin is a Corio quarter stater. The faint letters COR can be seen down the right hand side of the coin. A coin with the COR legend & the same reverse die recently appeared on the Silbury Coins website.

About: Coin WAW-F64714
Iron age Warwickshire

  • INGOT
Jane Kershaw wrote @ 09:52:38 @ 15th June 2012.

This appears to be on the database twice - it also appears as NMS-2B5F63. Is it from Norfolk or Suffolk? Thanks, Jane

About: Ingot SF-347272
Early medieval Suffolk

  • STUD
David Williams wrote @ 15:50:30 @ 14th June 2012.

As mentioned on record LIN-059693 this si more likely to be a crayfish or lobster. There are a number of similar records of this device in the county.

About: Stud NLM4682
Medieval Lincolnshire

Andrew Rogerson wrote @ 13:43:55 @ 14th June 2012.

This is a rowel spur terminal, very similar to an example from Exeter of the second half of the 17th cent. (Allan 1984, 341, fig. 192 no. 145).

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  • BEAD
Elizabeth wrote @ 13:47:19 @ 11th June 2012.

Hello, just wanted to make a comment on this artefact record. The image is not very clear, however, this bead may be Iron Age in date rather than early medieval. It is very similar to a bead type described by Haevernick (1993) in 'Glasperlen der vorrömischen Eisenzeit III'. Her 4.3.5 'Concentric thread blue beads' (my translation) have a concentric yellow band that spirals around the circumference of the bead, and she dates them to the La Tene C2/D1 transition. Using the scale bar in the image I have been able to estimate that the diameter of this bead was probably about 20.3 mm, which is in keeping with Haevernick's description. I realise that the image of SWYOR-709171 is not very clear as to the colour of the decorative glass, but it looks as though it could be yellow rather than white. Without personally viewing this bead, or seeing a better photograph, there is a good possibility that it is at least as old as the Iron Age. I hope that this helps. Many thanks, -Elizabeth

About: Bead SWYOR-709171
Iron age North Yorkshire

  • COIN
Julie Cassidy wrote @ 12:34:55 @ 11th June 2012.

Mark is correct in his comments. At the time of his comment, the record had been promoted as a 'Possible Vitellius', awaiting further ID and comment from Dr. Philippa Walton, Roman Coins Finds Advisor at the British Museum. Dr. Walton has now updated this record with a correct ID.

About: Coin NARC-22C6E2
Roman Northamptonshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Angie Bolton wrote @ 10:26:29 @ 11th June 2012.

Thank you so much for spotting this and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated and I've added your comments to the record.

About: Cloth seal WAW-5F8532
Post medieval Staffordshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 22:08:26 @ 10th June 2012.

I believe this is a 19th/early 20th century lead sealing relating to the bacon curer etc C & T Harris of Calne in Wiltshire. It is therefore not a cloth seal. For a well preserved example see http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ukdfddata/showrecords.php?product=8084&cat=all

About: Cloth seal KENT-4DC0E6
Medieval Kent

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 19:39:54 @ 10th June 2012.

I believe this is one half of an official alnage seal for 1 penny. For a complete example of this type see BH-88CF06. The head is thought to be William III.

About: Cloth seal WAW-5F8532
Post medieval Staffordshire

  • TOKEN
Mike Cuddeford wrote @ 18:49:48 @ 10th June 2012.

This is a copper duit of Zeeland, Netherlands.

About: Token ESS-57ECD5
Post medieval Essex

  • GUNFLINT
Angie Bolton wrote @ 08:33:06 @ 8th June 2012.

Thank you so much for your interesting comment, the information will prove to be very useful.

About: Gunflint WAW-1B6E67
Post medieval Warwickshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Royer wrote @ 08:07:04 @ 8th June 2012.

Cloth seal from ARRAS (France) 1460 to 1477. Ref : L. Dancoisne, "Les plombs des draps d'Arras" 1885.

About: Cloth seal BERK-7ED0E4
Post medieval Oxfordshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 22:24:18 @ 6th June 2012.

I think this is yet another Rotterdam cloth seal bearing the arms of the city. Part of the name survives around the shield [.....]TERDA[.]. The other face is unusual in that part of an inscription survives. Many Rotterdam seals appear to to have a blank second face, some with just a single R in the centre. Other Rotterdam seals on the PAS database are NMS-6DA944; NLM-324E36 and NMS-9FA1F7. A further example is SF9554.

About: Cloth seal SF-E14CD1
Post medieval Suffolk

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 20:10:47 @ 6th June 2012.

I believe this to be a Rotterdam cloth seal. The arms are those of the city with part of the name surviving [............] RDAM. The D is possibly reversed. There are so far 3 other recorded Rotterdam seals on the PAS database NMS-9FA1F7; NLM-324E36 & NMS-6DA944. There is also a fourth so far unidentified as relating to Rotterdam but clearly is SF-E14CD1.

About: Cloth seal SF9554
Medieval Suffolk

  • CLOTH SEAL
Royer wrote @ 17:17:20 @ 4th June 2012.

The legend fot this type is : "SERGE DE BOYS" or "SERGE DV BOYS" Or in french "SERGE DV BOIS". (Serge de Boys 17th century English worsted). Image is a undergrowth.

About: Cloth seal BH-BC2E65
Post medieval Hertfordshire

  • CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 17:11:43 @ 4th June 2012.

I recognise this as a cloth seal from the Dutch city of Amersfoort. The arms are those of this city and the inscription can be seen to read AMERSFOORT. For a group of earlier Amersfoort seals see http://wf4.nl/Engels/paginaJan/janlakenloden4engels.htm Amersfoort was famous for a type of cloth known as Bombazine. As to the meaning of the other face I am grateful to Francien Snieder, Archaeologist for the City of Amersfoort, for much of the rest of this comment. The second and third lines of visible text read 'NED EL' (not NEL EL as suggested in the record). This stands for 'Dutch ell'. This term came into use in 1820 when the provinces of the Netherlands were forced by Napolean to accept the metric system. Prior to this date there was no standard length of the ell. Most Dutch cities had their own standards. For instance an ell in Delft measured 68cm but a Middleburg ell was 70cm. The new standard unit 'Dutch ell' continued in use until 1869 when it was replaced by the term metre. With the meaning of 'NED EL' now being understood the first line makes more sense if it represents a numeral. A close examination of this line seems to me to suggest that it reads '14'. Francien Snieder informs me that the Amersfoort textile industry continued to be important till about 1860. The earliest date this seal could have is 1820. However the numbers 2 and 1 either side of the arms would seem to date it to precisely 1821. Compare the way the dates of the earlier seals are represented in the above website. I am grateful to Francien Snieder whose information has led to the proper identification of this seal. She has also commented that it is not recorded in the Netherlands and is previously unknown.

About: Cloth seal SWYOR-26BD08
Modern Lincolnshire

  • COIN
Mark Schollar wrote @ 17:34:05 @ 3rd June 2012.

There is no numismatic data for this coin: reverse: TR POT XIIII COS IIII DES IIII. Salus-Fortuna Standing Left, feeding snake arising from altar and holding rudder set on globe, RIC 752, Minted in Rome AD144

About: Coin NARC-CE2112
Roman Milton Keynes

  • MOUNT
Andrew Rogerson wrote @ 16:59:16 @ 25th May 2012.

This is a post-med sword belt fitting, see Margeson, S. Norwich Households, East Anglia Archaeology 58 (1993), 38, fig.22 nos. 257-8

About: Mount LEIC-0008E1
Post medieval Leicestershire

  • COIN
Mark Schollar wrote @ 23:41:30 @ 24th May 2012.

Looking at the potrait, I think an attribution of Trajan is far more likely than Vitellius

About: Coin NARC-22C6E2
Roman Northamptonshire

  • COIN
Mark Schollar wrote @ 23:35:46 @ 24th May 2012.

The portraiture looks more akin to Allectus than Gallienus

About: Coin NARC-7123C7
Roman Northamptonshire

  • COIN
Mark Schollar wrote @ 23:33:23 @ 24th May 2012.

The obverse looks more like Marcus Aurelius than Antoninus Pius to me.

About: Coin NARC-EDC815
Roman Bedford

  • COIN
Mark Schollar wrote @ 23:29:54 @ 24th May 2012.

The obverse looks more like Septimius Severus than an antonine emperor

About: Coin NARC-080C12
Roman Northamptonshire

  • STRAP END
Mike Bishop wrote @ 01:06:12 @ 18th May 2012.

This is a strap terminal from pre-Flavian cavalry harness. Such fittings were normally tinned (dipped in molten tin), rather than silvered (the application of silver foil held in place with solder; a process generally only found with Flavian cavalry fittings). It is a Type 4 terminal from my paper on cavalry equipment (online at http://scr.bi/LbRZwZ), similar to a 4b from Hod Hill.

About: Strap end BH-5B9577
Roman Hertfordshire

  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Peter wrote @ 17:55:15 @ 17th May 2012.

This item was given to the Farm owner

About: Socketed axehead IOW-EBD1D3
Bronze age Isle Of Wight

steven fischer wrote @ 13:23:08 @ 15th May 2012.

My grandfather found one of the 1664 farthings in 1963 while working in colchester, the coin is in very good condition and I'm having on results in finding a picture to compare my coin with. Is there a picture in existence ???

About: Token SF-F20B23
Post medieval Suffolk

  • DODECAHEDRON
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna wrote @ 11:30:17 @ 15th May 2012.

I have discussed a possible use of a Roman Dodecahedron, a bronze artifact of gallo-roman origin, for measuring distance. A dodecahedron, found at Jublains, the ancient Nouiodunum, dating from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, is used to create a model. Looking through the model, it is possible to test it for measurements of distance based on similar triangles. See my paper on arXiv, http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.6497 Therefore the Dodecahedron can be an ancient rangefinder. On arXiv http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.2078

About: Dodecahedron YORYM-41CD72
Roman East Riding Of Yorkshire

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