LON-687BF7: A Post medieval lead alloy Named Searcher's Proforma cloth seal dateing from AD 1575 -1650.

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Unique ID: LON-687BF7

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A Post medieval lead alloy Named Searcher's Proforma cloth seal dating from AD 1575 -1650. The seal is subrectangular, on the obverse the seal bears the legend RICHARD / FLETCHER / SERCHED (HE ligatured) all within a beaded rectangular border. The reverse has the proforma stamp LONG (31 1/2 incused) / WAIGHT (73 incused) / NARO (2 Y incused) (HT ligatured), in three lines each divided by a beaded line.

Another cloth seal bearing the name Richard Fletcher is in Egan (1995:No.244 Fig.33) and Elton (2017:243)

Dimensions: length: 33.57mm; width: 27.24mm; weight: 13.97g

A similar named searcher seals on the database is LON-394D97.

Egan (1992:86) writes "This belongs to a series of seals with rectangular parts, all having the full name of a searcher on one side, and on the other a proforma stamp for length, weight and width ('long, waight, naro') of the particular textile... The figures were added after examination of the piece. The specifications given on these seals are all around 32 yards long / 74 pounds weight / 6 quarter yards wide (cf. Hodgkin 1902, 103 and fig. no. 19). Few varieties of cloth were quite this heavy pro rata in the late sixteenth/ early seventeenth centuries; some of the products of Essex, Kent, Coventry and Worcester are the most likely candidates. This kind of seal was almost certainly used about this time in Worcestershire (cf. the round seals from there - like No.105 - which have figures of a similar order to those on the present example.... Most of the names recorded on these seals, however, like the present one, do not appear in the lists of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Worcester searchers (thanks to Pat Hughes for discussion of this point). Mr Fletcher's place of work remains unknown."

References: Egan, G. 1992. Leaden Cloth Seals. Datasheet 3. Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasbeets 1-24. 1985-1998. Reprographic Unit, University of Oxford.

Egan G. 1995. Lead Cloth Seals and Related items in the British Museum, British Museum Occasional Paper 93.

Elton S.F. 2017. Cloth Seals: An Illustrated Reference Guide to Identification of Lead Seals Attached To Cloth, Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.

Class: Named Searcher's Proforma

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.57 mm
Width: 27.24 mm
Weight: 13.97 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Greenwich (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Greenwich West (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3878
Four figure Latitude: 51.48412374
Four figure longitude: -0.01394376
1:25K map: TQ3878
1:10K map: TQ37NE
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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