SOM-650FB5: Post Medieval Cloth Seal

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Unique ID: SOM-650FB5

Object type certainty: Certain
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Part of a two- or four-part lead cloth seal, Two discs linked by a rivet remain, and connecting tab or other discs are lost to old breaks. One disk had a central hole, the other a projecting tab which was pushed through the hole and stamped flat, fixing the discs together. On the disc with the hole and the tab is stamped a raised design of initials, (probably A).B // S or 8 with branches below all within a pellet circle. Towards one edge it has been over punched with the incuse letters IR. On the reverse are crudely scratched letters or numbers, [...]/ or 72 over [...]/6. There is a hole punched through both discs to one side. It is now 29.0mm by 27.0mm and 3.7mm thick; it weighs 12.3 grams.

This is probably part of a cloth seal used by a weaver, dyer or searcher with their own initials and scratched marks indicating something about the batch, length or quality. The hole and over punching may suggest that, unlike normal seals, it was reused, presumably as it was not a legal tax seal but just a private indication of quality control. Seals of similar date with privy or merchants marks are often scratched on the back, on this database see SOM-11B223, SUR-6B99A6 and LIN-448763 for example. They are usually 17th-18th century in date.


This record was created at a rally and may therefore fall below our usual standards of identification or photography.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29 mm
Width: 27 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 12.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th September 2011

Rally details.

This object was found at Spaxton 2011 - Stogursey, WHRADA, 25-09-2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Rally reference 631

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: West Somerset (District)
Parish or ward: Stogursey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2142
Four figure Latitude: 51.171762
Four figure longitude: -3.131384
1:25K map: ST2142
1:10K map: ST24SW
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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