LVPL-53C7C1: Cast lead seal dating to the Post-Medieval period, (1500-1700).

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Unique ID: LVPL-53C7C1

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Cast lead seal dating to the Post-Medieval period, (1500-1700). It is a single disc integrally cast with data, and with a small subsidiary loop at top. This form is a seal for traded copper-alloy wire made in mills on the Continent, either late C16th or C17th. On the upper surface are the letters A+ ME W with a flower to the right and within a beaded circle. The reverse shows a crown over a harp. There is a pellet above the crown.

These are from the Low Countries up through North Germany to southern Denmark and Sweden. So far this one is not identified. It has the ME privy mark of what is probably the mill owner and the N with coronet is likely to refer to the local overlord or the place-name of the mill. It could perhaps be Nykoping in Sweden (for which different seals giving the name are known) or somewhere else in the region indicated. It has a mid-white patina.


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.17 mm
Thickness: 5.1 mm
Diameter: 35.34 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Mr Geoff Egan

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Nantwich

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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