WMID-432E1B: Post Medieval: Complete apothecary weight for 1 drachm

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Unique ID: WMID-432E1B

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A complete copper alloy apothecary's weight of Post-Medieval date, AD 1600 - 1900.

The weight is square in plan and rectangular in cross section and is stamped on one side with the traditional symbol for the apothecary's unit of measure for 2 drachms. The symbol can be described in its basic form as looking like 3i in italic and cursive writing.

The weight is 11.7 mm long, 12.4 mm wide and 3.6 mm thick. It weighs 3.9 g (0.13 oz).

The apothecary weight is a mid green colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement while within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Biggs (1994, p.9) discuses such weights stating that apothecaries broke away from the Grocers Company in 1617 and were granted a Royal Charter. They subsequently used a weight system which was based on the traditional sub-divisions but using the English Troy ounce which was 31.1g (8 drachms) according to the standards set in 1588. The use of stamped square brass weights continued into the 20th century.

Ref: Biggs, N. (1994) Apocatheries Weights. Llanfyllin: Galata Print

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 11.7 mm
Width: 12.4 mm
Thickness: 3.6 mm
Weight: 3.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2021 - Friday 31st December 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stoke upon Tern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ6328
Four figure Latitude: 52.84822195
Four figure longitude: -2.55083483
1:25K map: SJ6328
1:10K map: SJ62NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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