LEIC-92C067: Undated lead tag

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Unique ID: LEIC-92C067

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Post Medieval lead alloy tag, 43mm in length, 38mm wide and 5mm thick, with a weight of 50.36grams.

The object is circular in form, with a projecting sub circular loop which is rectangular in cross section. One side has a design consisting of a raised ligated monogram consisting of the letters AH/ME/W with a flower motif to one side, which is set within a beaded circular border. The reverse is decorated with a raised crowned N. Theres is a small hole piercing the lower part of the N which is just showing through onto the front.

The object is thought to be a makers seal used on metal rods and wire products of the early modern period across Northern Europe. An 18th century shipwreck, the Terschelling, provided evidence of similar tags. (see image from ). Allex Kussendrager confirms that this type of seal is from Northeim, Germany (Mitchiner Vol. 2 #3002) and dates to the early 17th C. Two similar examples can be seen at BERK-738912 and LVPL-53C7C1 and many more on http://www.loodjes.nl/Handelsloden/Handelsloden.htm


Many thanks to Allex Kussendrager for the info and permission to use the image.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Exactly AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 38 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 50.36 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Joyce Lee
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Hoby with Rotherby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK6716
Four figure Latitude: 52.73749015
Four figure longitude: -1.00910769
1:25K map: SK6716
1:10K map: SK61NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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