LON-9485E4: A complete Post Medieval cast lead alloy wire seal (17th century).

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Unique ID: LON-9485E4

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A complete Post Medieval cast lead alloy seal (17th century). This is a circular disc with a loop for attachment. There is a cast motif on each side. It is slightly miscast as the two halves are not perfectly aligned with some overlap. On one side there is an eagle with outspread wings and on the other side is a garnished shield with crossed tools (probably mortar pestles) on one side and a vessel on the second side. Geoff Egan suggests this seal may have been used on brass vessels as well as wire. Dimensions: length: 36.91mm; diameter: 31.71mm; weight: 19.45g. Identification and dating by Tony Pilson and Ian Smith based on foreshore context Identification by Geoff Egan, PAS Finds Advisor Medieval and Post Medieval Artefacts.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.91 mm
Weight: 19.45 g
Diameter: 31.71 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st June 2009

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Tower (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the Thames foreshore.

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Recording Institution: LON
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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