HESH-0B7467: Post Medieval: Weight

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Unique ID: HESH-0B7467

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Cast copper alloy trade weight of probable post medieval date (1600-1750). The weight is circular in plan with a raised rim and sunken, slightly convex, interior. The rim and interior are the same on each face. The weight has been abraded in the plough soil and corrosion and wear has obscured the stamped marks. These marks are only present on the upper face and are positioned in a broadly symmetrical pattern. The stamps consist of well struck, but slightly distorted letters: F, W, L (possibly F), and V. The reverse is plain, apart from the slight distortion caused by the use of the punches on the upper face. The weight measures 33.4mm in diameter, is 5.1mm thick, and weighs 5.58 grams (0.91 ozs or 397 grains). The weight is a mid green brown colour with an even patina that covers all surfaces. A direct parallel for the stamps on this weight has not been found, however the style of weight is common during the post medieval and early modern periods (Biggs', Illustrated survey of weights). The weight of this weight would suggest it being an abraded 1 oz weight.

Class: Trade

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MODERN
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.1 mm
Weight: 5.58 g
Diameter: 33.4 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Hereford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4840
Four figure Latitude: 52.05593015
Four figure longitude: -2.75980055
1:25K map: SO4840
1:10K map: SO44SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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