LVPL-C55940: Medieval: Pyramid standing weight

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Unique ID: LVPL-C55940

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A complete cast lead or lead alloy pyramid standing weight, of probable Medieval dating (14th to Mid 16th Centuries AD).

The weight is sub circular in plan, and sub triangular in profile. The width of the weight increases from the base (maximum) to the top (minimum width). The top of the weight has been deliberately flattened, and a suspension / hanging hole of irregular shape has been placed. The hole has been located off centre and has been incompletely perforated

The base of the weight is sub circular in plan, with facetted sides. The surface of the weight is rough and undecorated.

The weight measures 45.15mm tall, 43.45mm diameter at the base, 11.99mm diameter at the top. It weighs 352 grams.

The weight is a dark grey colour with an even surface patina.

Weights can be hard to date due to being a functional artefact, forms and styles do not alter significantly over time. However the weight is similar to several examples #68, 70 and 71, published by Biggs and Withers in 2000 (pp31-33), believed to be Medieval in dating.

Reference:

Biggs, N. & Withers, P. 2000 Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collection. Llanfyllin: English Weights Series 6.

Class: pyramid

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 45.15 mm
Weight: 352 g
Diameter: 43.45 mm

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Vale Royal

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

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

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