LVPL-ECD500: Medieval to Post Medieval: Suspension weight

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WEIGHT

Unique ID: LVPL-ECD500

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A complete cast lead or lead alloy weight, of probable Medieval dating (1300 to 1550 AD).

The weight is an irregular cylinder in plan, and sub rectangular in profile / cross section. The base exhibits a minor concavity, with a ridge present running around the edge. A length of thick iron wire has been inserted into the weight, probably as a method of suspension. Iron corrosion products present have obscured the original shape of the probable suspension loop.

No decoration is present on the weight. It is a light to mid grey colour, with an even surface patina.

It measures 17.85mm tall, and has a diameter of 17.19mm. It weighs 23.6 grams (0.83 oz).

Weights of this style are frequently encountered, and commonly thought to be of Medieval dating. The iron suspension loop would have aided safe-keeping and storage. Similar standing weights have been dated to the medieval period (Biggs, 1992). A similar weight was published as #76 in Biggs & Withers (2000, p32). They have identified it as a probable steelyard poise. However a similar weight with a copper alloy suspension loop was found on the Isle of Man in association with a balance. This example was dated to 8th or 9th Centuries AD (Skinner & Bruce-Mitford, 1940, fig XV), and it was suggested it would have converted the equal arm balance into a form of steelyard.

Lead weights, due to be a functional artefact, do change little in style over time, and as such can be hard to date accurately. Little study has been done to date on typological studies to confirm the dating of different styles. However it is reasonable to assume that this weight is probably Medieval in dating.

Reference:
Biggs,N. 1992 'English Weights - an illustrated survey' p40-41
Biggs, N. & Withers, P. 2000. Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collection. The English Weights Series - 6. White House Publications & Galata Print Ltd. Llanfyllin.
Skinner, F.G. & Bruce-Mitford, R.L.S. 1940. A Celtic Balance-beam of the Christian Period. Antiquaries Journal, 20. pp86-102.

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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: 17.85 mm
Weight: 23.6 g
Diameter: 17.19 mm

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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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