HESH-7AFA21: Medieval: Weight

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WEIGHT

Unique ID: HESH-7AFA21

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast lead or lead alloy weight of probable medieval date (1300 - 1550). The weight is sub-circular in plan and sub-triangular (conical) in cross section. From the upper part of the weight a small pierced integrally cast lug extends. The pierced hole has been achieved by cutting from each side it has a diameter of 2.7mm. The weight is plain and decorated with a circumferential incised groove which has been applied to the lower part of the weight. The weight measures 18.8mm diameter and is 24.1mm high. It weighs 42.78 grams or 1.5ozs (660.2 grains). The weight is a mid grey colour with an even patina that covers all surfaces. It has been marked and abraded in the soil; this has caused the weight to become asymmetrical. Similar standing weights have been dated to the medieval period (Biggs and Withers Lead Weights 32-33 ref 77-78). It is likely that the weight would have been used as a trade weight to weigh 1 ½ ozs.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 24.1 mm
Weight: 42.78 g
Diameter: 18.8 mm

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead 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: Eardisland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4257
Four figure Latitude: 52.208155
Four figure longitude: -2.850202
1:25K map: SO4257
1:10K map: SO45NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Unknown
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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