SF-A87CF7: Apothecary weight

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Unique ID: SF-A87CF7

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A Post-Medieval lead apothecary weight block. The object is incomplete due to old breaks, and comprises a little over 75% of a square lead plate 25.16mm x 24.82mm. This has been cast to make four weights, three of which are intact and the fourth is mostly missing. Each has a square frame containing a motif resembling a letter M with pellets along each arm. The three are uneven in size, and the motifs vary slightly, one being less angular than the others and one having longer and more angular arms. On the reverse there is a letter S on each weight, presumably standing for Scruple, which weighed 60 grains. This block of weights weighs 9.73g or 150.4 grains, which would indicate a weight of only 50 grains each.

A single weight inscribed with an S has been recorded from Norfolk, NMS-790F24.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.16 mm
Width: 24.82 mm
Weight: 9.73 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st October 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Jane Carr
Identified by: Mrs Jane Carr

Other reference numbers

Other reference: finder's ref.95

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Brockley

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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