LON-3903B0: Incomplete post medieval, 17th-18th century, lead cloth seal, AD1600-1800.

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Unique ID: LON-3903B0

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Incomplete post medieval lead alloy cloth seal, dated AD1684. The seal consists of two discs that are connected by a lead tab, they have been folded over so that they are back to back. The lack of a connecting rivet and the jagged breaks on corresponding edges of the discs suggests that a little over half the seal remains with another two discs connected by the rivet missing. On one side of the seal is a central circular field with the letters T N with a 3 above, surrounding is the legend * GLOSTER [..L..16]84 The edge of the seal is damaged but what remains does suggest a date of AD 1684 for this seal. The other disc is decorated with a crowned double rose . The edges of both discs are serrated giving them a sunburst appearance.

Stuart Elton notes: TN are likely to be the initials of Thomas Nappier / Napper, the son of Richard Napper.

"he received this Duty of Aulnage, for about Nine Years after his Father's Death, who received for many Years before" [11/6/1689 Aulnage Duty, Journal of the House of Commons: volume 10]. Probably Richard Napper's son.



Length: 21.28mm
Width: 22.68mm
Weight: 4.81g
Diameter: 15.66mm

Inscription: * GLOSTER [..L..16]84

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1684
Date to: Exactly AD 1684

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.28 mm
Width: 22.68 mm
Weight: 4.81 g
Diameter: 15.66 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edwin Wood
Identified by: Mr Edwin Wood
Secondary identifier: Mr Stuart Elton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Dowgate (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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