HAMP-F7A5D6: Post medieval cloth seal (fragment)

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Unique ID: HAMP-F7A5D6

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One piece of a post medieval lead two-piece seal, possibly with an anthropomorphic design. The object is sub-circular, with a section missing from the circumference, and the connecting lead strip and opposite piece of the seal has been lost. The uniface design on the seal appears to depict the body of a man and a woman (both naked and missing their heads) on two third of the face, with an underworld? below them; on the right is a ladder from the ground level downwards. It is of uncertain origin, and the complexity of the design is unusual for cloth seals. Cloth seals were in use between the 13th and 19th centuries and were part of a system of industrial regulation and quality control which became very complicated, particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Egan 1995, 1), thus a post medieval date has been suggested.


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.25 mm
Width: 11.78 mm
Thickness: 2.05 mm
Weight: 1.525 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th September 2008

Rally details.

This object was found at Weekend Wanderers - Ropley (28-09-2008)

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Kath Creed
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 18

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
Parish or ward: Ropley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6434
Four figure Latitude: 51.101739
Four figure longitude: -1.08732
1:25K map: SU6434
1:10K map: SU63SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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