LON-22F377: A Post Medieval lead alloy Dutch immigrant community cloth seal for Say (late 16th – 17th century).

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CLOTH SEAL

Unique ID: LON-22F377

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A Post Medieval lead alloy Dutch immigrant community cloth seal for Say (late 16th – 17th century). This is a two-part cloth seal with the interconnecting tab still present. Disc one: DUYTS/YOCRUIS/AYE VAN/[-]OLCISTER/[-]571 Disc two: Griffin rampant with two large perforations Dimensions: Diameter: 35.02mm; weight: 20.75g.

Notes:

Egan (1994: 29) writes “Dutch immigrant community seals. The Dutch, who came as religious refugees to Colchester in 1565 and 1570, were among the most successful manufacturers of the new draperies in England in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The high quality of their bays and says, maintained by stringent and rigorously observed searching procedures, led rival textile producers to counterfeit their community’s special seals in the seventeenth century, in order to take advantage of their products’ reputation. The immigrants’ seals include the word ‘Dutch’ in the legend, in a variety of spellings. The date 1571 on many of the stamps appears to refer to the year in which their manufacture was established on a formal footing (though no record of this has been traced). The same date was used on seals right up to 1728, when the Dutch weavers ceased to exist as a separate organisation.” Reference: Egan, G. 1994. Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum. Occasional Paper 93. The British Museum Press; London.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1550
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 20.75 g
Diameter: 35.02 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2009

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Cathedrals (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3180
Four figure Latitude: 51.50376
Four figure longitude: -0.113954
1:25K map: TQ3180
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the Thames foreshore.
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 1994 Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum London Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities, British Museum

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Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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