YORYM-1077E8: Medieval to Post-Medieval : Weight

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WEIGHT

Unique ID: YORYM-1077E8

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A complete lead-alloy trade weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1380 - 1600. The weight is shield shaped with rounded edges and corners. A worn raised fleur-de-lis design is present on the upper surface. The reverse is flat and undecorated.

The metal has a mid-white/brown patina and is worn. The weight is 33.8mm long, 29.1mm wide, 9mm thick and weighs 54g.

Lead weights have been used in trade since the Roman period and were used for weighing quantities of coin as well as goods. Shield-shaped weights are a distinctive group of trade weights which are used from c.AD 1380 and continue into the 15th century. Biggs & Withers (2000, p.34) discuss the difficulties in dating shield weights as links between documentary evidence and artefactual evidence are difficult to establish. Their longevity coupled with various qualities of workmanship and numerous designs employed over a long period of time also make dating difficult. It is likely however that some belong to the period following the conversion of the trade pound under the averdepois system and as such it is likely that these weights represent a desire to standardize the trade weight system.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1380
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.8 mm
Width: 29.1 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 54 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05542

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Helmsley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6183
Four figure Latitude: 54.2390731
Four figure longitude: -1.06554955
1:25K map: SE6183
1:10K map: SE68SW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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