SF-2AEC47: Steelyard weight

Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council
CC License:


Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).

STEELYARD WEIGHT

Unique ID: SF-2AEC47

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete globular cast copper-alloy medieval steelyard weight with lead core. It is c65mm in diameter and 72.4mm tall, it has a flattened top. In the centre of the top is an integrally cast triangular suspension lug with a circular perforation. It weighs circa 1247g.

There is no evidence for any iron pins attaching the lead to the copper-alloy sheath; on the base is an irregularly shaped scar, which may have originally have been the area of a hole, through which the molten lead was poured, with a copper-alloy cap covering it.

Around the top is an engraved frieze consisting of a zig-zag lines between two horizontal lines. The upper triangles formed by the zig-zag all have three transverse grooves across them. Below this frieze are three square topped shields with arms, all cast in relief. The first shield depicts three lions passant, the arms for England, the second depicts a lion rampant, the arms for Edmund, Earl of Cornwall and the final shield depicts a double-headed eagle, Imperial arms indicating that the user was symbolically 'King of the Romans' which Edmund, Earl of Cornwall was.

Most of the steelyard weights which have been recorded in Suffolk have three shields, which normally but not in this case, include the three chevrons that is the arms of de Clare, and a Lion rampant for Edmund, Earl of Cornwall. Edmund married Margaret de Clare in 1272 and died in 1300; as many steelyard weights, especially those with cast heraldry, have these two shields and it may be that Edmund had a monopoly on their production. Other weights with unrecognisable or fictional arms are believed to be unofficial copies. The use of the steelyard was banned in 1350.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1270
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65 mm
Width: 72.4 mm
Weight: 1247 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st November 2004

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Lead

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Otley

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: SF-4D5B25
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A complete globular cast copper-alloy medieval steelyard weight with lead core. It is c75mm in diameter and 67mm tall up to a flattened top. …
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: SF7628
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Globular copper-alloy steelyard weight with lead core. It is 39 mm in diameter and 32 mm tall up to a flattened top. In the centre of the to…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: WILT-D3E2D4
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Incomplete copper alloy shell of a globular steelyard weight, missing about a third of its surface area and all of its lead core. It is 63.7mm…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.