IOW-E102A1: Post-Medieval Cloth Seal

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Unique ID: IOW-E102A1

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A fragment of post-Medieval lead alloy cloth seal (c. 1600-c. 1800).

This single disc has a raised design consisting of a lion passant with 'I' behind, all within a beaded circle. The rear face is plain. There is no indication of a joining strip.

Diameter: 11.0mm; thickness: 1.3mm. Weight: 0.67g.

Such seals were used to mark the duty due to be paid on bolts of cloth. Heraldic devices such as this are common on Post-Restoration royal seals. Consequently, the seal was probably issued between the reigns of Charles II (1660-1685) and George I (1714-1727) when the alnage system was abolished in 1724 (Egan, 1994: 4).

Egan, G., 1994 Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum London: Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities, British Museum.

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: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1660
Date to: Circa AD 1727

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 0.67 g
Diameter: 11 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th April 2018 - Sunday 15th April 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: IOW2018-1-140

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Fragment

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: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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