CAM-DF43F2: Post-Medieval Copper-alloy Weight

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Unique ID: CAM-DF43F2

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A copper-alloy standard trade weight for averdepois and troy systems of Post-Medieval to Modern date, AD1590-1826. The weight is part of a larger group of stacking weights, having a wide and relatively thick raised edge on the upper face. The front and rear faces both have turned circles around a central hollow point. This weight weighs 13.13g (0.46oz), diameter is 25.54mm and thickness is 4.30mm. The weight is circular in plan and flat with a raised edge on the upper surface. In side the raised border are three stamped punched symbols. To the left side of the 12 o'clock position is either a 'C' or 'G' surmounted by a crown and to the right side is a sword. A 'C' surmounted crown would indicate Charles I (AD1625-1649) or II (AD1660-1685) while a 'G' would indicate the reigns of George I - III (AD1714 - 1820), thus narrowing the possible date range to AD1625-1685 or AD1714-1820. The sword is the sword of St Paul which is the City of London (Guildhall) mark. At the 6 o'clock position is an unclear symbol that may be a ewer, a symbol to be expected on such weights. There is no fourth symbol present indicating the absence of a letter 'A' (for Averdepois) but this is not uncommon for weights of one ounce and below. The weight would have been issued by the London Founders Company.

See Biggs, N. English Weights: An Illustrated Survey. 1992, p.50-51.

Also see PAS records HESH-D3F685 and HESH-A09354.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1625
Date to: Circa AD 1820

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.3 mm
Weight: 13.13 g
Diameter: 25.54 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2013 - Thursday 28th February 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Helen Fowler
Identified by: Ms Helen Fowler

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: Huntingdonshire (District)
To be known as: Huntindgon District Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Updated: 6 years ago

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