LON-935519: A Post Medieval lead alloy Norwich Weavers' Company Seal dating from AD 1654.

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Unique ID: LON-935519

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A Post Medieval lead alloy Norwich Weavers' Company Seal dating from AD 1654. The seal is formed of two discs with a connecting strip and integral rivet on one of the discs connecting the two. The rivet is visible on the reverse of the disc in the form of a raised oval. The cloth seal is a Norwich Weavers' Company seal. The obverse has NORW / ICH / 1654 in three lines and the reverse has NSBH / CNPP / WBB[] in three lines. The letters on the reverse side shows the surname initial of the 12 wardens of Norwich for that particular year. Unfortunately 1654 is three years before records in the Norwich Mayor's Court Book held at the Norfolk Records Office in Norwich begin.

Similar Norwich Weavers' Company cloth seals can be found in Elton (2017:109-110)

Dimensions: diameter: 20.91mm; weight: 5.48g

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

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

Egan G. 1987. Provenanced Leaden Cloth Seals, Department of Medieval Archaeology, University College, University of London.

Inscription: NSBH / CNPP / WBB[] // NORW / ICH / 1654

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1654
Date to: Exactly AD 1654

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.48 g
Diameter: 20.91 mm

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: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3480
Four figure Latitude: 51.50305749
Four figure longitude: -0.07075664
1:25K map: TQ3480
1:10K map: TQ38SW
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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Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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