WMID-2DB28E: Modern: Probable trade weight lid

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Unique ID: WMID-2DB28E

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy trade weight or lid of Early Modern dating (AD 1836 to AD 1901).

The probable trade weight or lid is circular, with a raised rim. The back is covered with white probable solder, and is the reverse of the front, with a recessed rim. This probable solder suggested that it was secured, probably to the lid of a box of cup weights. The front bears several stamped symbols. In the centre, inside a double engraved ring, is a Crowned VR, indicating that it was made during the reign of Queen Victoria between 1836 and 1901. Around the outside are six capital letter A's, with numbers beneath. The numbers include: 60, 62, 64 and several are unclear. The letter A signifys the use of the Averdupois weight system, and the numbers would suggest the year that they were checked. Therefore it is probable to assume that this probable trade weight lid was in use between 1860 and 1864.

It has a diameter of 41.3 mm and is 4.8 mm thick. The metal is 1.9 mm thick. It weighs 12.6 g (0.44 oz).

The trade weight lid is a mid reddish brown to green colour, with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original detail.

Class: trade

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1860
Date to: Circa AD 1864

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 12.6 g
Diameter: 41.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Trearddur (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SH2479
Four figure Latitude: 53.27868364
Four figure longitude: -4.64122107
1:25K map: SH2479
1:10K map: SH27NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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