LIN-F41F5C: Medieval lead shield shaped weight

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Unique ID: LIN-F41F5C

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A medieval lead shield-shaped weight. It has a stepped perimeter deocrated with pellets. The raised body is decorated with three lions passant guardant to the left. The reverse bears perhaps five inscised letters, though some of these are obscured by a deep scar that appears to have damaged the object in recent times. The inscription reads [ ]?R I L (annulet) S' (annulet) V.

Other shield shaped weights with an inscription on the reverse are recorded on the PAS database as YORYM-E4E3D6, NLM-083882, FAKL-672982, SWYOR-8F79E7, YORYM-E92766.

Similar weights can be seen in Biggs, p.43 which discusses how lead weighs such as this were used to weigh goods under the averdepois system from 1390 in England and were used throughout the 15th century. It is likely that these weights represent a desire to standardize the trade weight system. The mass of this weight is close to one of the common 'denominations' for shield shaped weights. The smaller stamps may represent later checking and verification of the weight, a system of governmental control which was extended from the 17th century onwards, and indicates the long currency of such weights (Biggs, N. and Withers, P. 2000, Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collection, White House and Galata Publications Ltd, Powys, pages 34-36).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56 mm
Width: 40 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Weight: 218 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Snarford area

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
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: LIN
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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