IOW-46CE52: Post-Medieval Augsburg Cloth-seal (pierced)

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Unique ID: IOW-46CE52

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An incomplete post-Medieval Augsburg lead alloy two-disc cloth seal (1500-1650).

The cloth seal has been pierced with a circular hole, c. 1.7mm in diameter, at about 10 o' clock on the obverse.

One disc and the joining strip are missing.

Disc 1. Raised ornate capital 'A' with a chevron bar, crescent above.

Disc 2. Missing, but partial raised pinecone design on rivet end.

The seal is buff overall.

Diameter: 19.6mm; thickness: 3.6mm. Weight: 5.95g.

A very similar seal recorded in 'Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items at the British Museum' by Geoff Egan, (Egan 1994: 106, fig. 41, refs: 308-310) has been attributed to Augsburg in Germany. The 'A' and pinecone design indicates the seal will have originated in Augsburg, Germany as the pinecone is the heraldic badge of the city. It is suggested that such seals were attached to fustians, a variety of heavy cloth woven from cotton and chiefly prepared for menswear, and date to the 16th or 17th century. Lead cloth and bale seals were used in Europe to mark cloth for commercial sale between the 13th and the 19th centuries and were part of a system of regulation and quality control.

Egan, G. 1994. Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum. Occasional Paper 93. The British Museum Press: London.

See also, Egan in Saunders, Salisbury Museum Medieval Catalogue, part 3, fig. 26, ref: 150.

Class: Two-disc
Evidence of reuse: Pierced with a circular hole

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Exactly AD 1500
Date to: Exactly AD 1650
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.6 mm
Weight: 5.95 g
Diameter: 19.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 21st February 2018 - Wednesday 21st February 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-7-47

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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Created: 12 months ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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