BERK-34C9A2: Modern seal: Bag seal

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Unique ID: BERK-34C9A2

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete lead alloy bag seal dating to the late post-medieval to modern period. The seal broadly circular in plan with two ovoid holes running through the centre to attach to traded products. This seal was used by seed growers to trade and identify their goods. One face has an illegible legend that probably reads TRADE MARK, around a raised image of a (probable) turnip. The other face bears the inscription (SEED) GROWER / (COGGE)SHALL / (ESSEX). Although much of the legend is illegible, research suggests that the combination of those letters that are visisble would indicate the seal originated with the King family in Essex. John King set up the business in AD 1793, with his great-grandson taking over the business in the late 19th or early 20th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1793
Date to: Circa AD 1918

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.68 mm
Weight: 7.2 g
Diameter: 18.09 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st June 2013 - Thursday 3rd October 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2013.662

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Cholsey

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
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: BERK
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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