IOW-9707AD: Post-Medieval: Cloth Seal from Haarlem, Netherlands

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CLOTH SEAL

Unique ID: IOW-9707AD

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete post-medieval lead alloy two-disc cloth seal issued at Haarlem in the Netherlands (c. 1600-c. 1700).

An incomplete disc and the central rivet integral to that disc survive. The edges of the disc are worn and the connecting strip is missing. The outer face of the disc is stamped with the arms of Haarlam: an elaborate shield, a vertical sword and four stars arranged two each side of the sword. The legend is illegible. On the rivet is stamped G / 20 in a pellet border. A similar seal is illustrated by Egan (1994: 110, fig. 43, ref: 321) who suggests the arms would have been surrounded by the legend HAERLEMS GOET (goods from Haarlam). The 20 on the back indicates the length of the cloth in Dutch ells. Egan (ibid) comments that Haarlem was an important finishing centre for linen with most seals being for fine fabrics and it is possible that this was for linen cloth. Examples are known from across England and America and Egan suggests a 17th century date.

Diameter: 17.0mm; thickness: 3.7mm. Weight: 4.06g.

Compare with: BH-B51516; HAMP-32C363; NMS-EE7F71; SOM-EE9D2E and SOM-FDA212.

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

Notes:

Two-disc seals are formed of a disc with a hole in the centre linked by a tab to a second solid disc with a projecting rivet on the inner face. The seal is bent in half with the tab running over the edge of the cloth and the rivet on one disc is pushed thorugh the cloth and second disc and stamped flat to hold the discs together and to the cloth.

Subsequent actions

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

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 4.06 g
Diameter: 17 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th March 2018 - Sunday 25th March 2018

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-1-108

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: GPS (from the finder)
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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