SWYOR-639D77: Modern Bag Seal

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Unique ID: SWYOR-639D77

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An incomplete Hungarian lead alloy flour bag seal which is Modern in date. The seal is 3.9mm thick, 19.2mm in diameter and weighs 6.19g. It is formed from a sub-circular disc with two slots running through it sideways for the string or cord tying the bag. Part of the design is still visible on the front disc and is a raised outer border and the number 0 (zero) inside a triangle formed by three ears of corn; to the left side of the triangle is the initial M. The design is off centre and worn. The back disc is very worn and the design is no longer visible. This seal has a creamy white patina.

Comparison to other seals on The Bag Seal Gallery (http://ourpasthistory.com/Gallerya/main.php?g2_itemId=15431&g2_page=35) suggests that this is a Hungarian Flour bag seal. Better preserved similar examples can be seen to have a design of a "Triangle formed by three ears of cereal. Along the left stem is the letter M, along the right stem is the letter T and under the base stem is the letter G. at the centre of the triangle is the number 8". On the reverse, the standard design seems to be:
"CONCORDIA" curved along the top with "GOZMALOM" (a town in Hungary) curved upwards below that. In the centre are the initials "RT" and curved downwards below this is "DAMPFMUL A.G.". Finally curved at the very bottom edge is "BUDAPEST".

DAMPF MUHLEN A.G. suggests a German steam mill manufacturer - see http://ourpasthistory.com/Gallerya/main.php?g2_itemId=29404 for more details. Other examples with a number 1 in the triangle, and also zero like this example have also been found. See http://ourpasthistory.com/Gallerya/main.php?g2_itemId=16045.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1850
Date to: Circa AD 1950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.97 mm
Weight: 6.19 g
Diameter: 19.25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st February 2011 - Thursday 31st March 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1462

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Stainforth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6211
Four figure Latitude: 53.591921
Four figure longitude: -1.064776
1:25K map: SE6211
1:10K map: SE61SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 10 years ago

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