PUBLIC-9B0430: cloth seal

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-9B0430

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Post-Medieval lead alloy cloth seal. Originally a two-disc seal with a connecting strip, the strip and second disc have been lost leaving a scar which has torn away part of the raised rim of the surviving disc.

On the reverse of the disc is the stump of a rivet in the centre, although this is worn and there is now no trace of a stamp. A thin raised line runs across the middle of the reverse of the disc, either side of the rivet; this was formed when the cloth seal was originally made in the mould.

On the front of the remaining disc is a castle (with a domed tower either side of the central part of the building and a third tower behind) which is the mark for Norwich; there are also possible faint traces of a lion passant underneath. Seals on Norwich cloths appear to include the lion, but cloths from the rest of Norfolk appear to omit it. There is no evidence for any lettering on the seal, although most Norwich seals originally had an encircling inscription or a letter to each side.

Compare NMS-5A71D7, NMS-F42324, NMS-F3F445 and NMS-43AB36.

This cloth seal was seen by Geoff Egan, who confirmed its dating as late 16th to early 17th century. It was probably issued in either Norwich or Norfolk, and may have been an alnage seal, confirming that the cloth had been inspected and that the tax due had been paid.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Durham
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 27th June 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Gary Bankhead
Identified by: Mr Geoff Egan
Secondary identifier: Miss Frances McIntosh

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Bankhead - 235

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Elvet

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Whilst diving in the River Wear
Current location: Durham
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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