NARC-443571: NARC-443571 : Cloth Seal : Post-Medieval

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CLOTH SEAL

Unique ID: NARC-443571

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete lead alloy Cloth Seal of Early Post-Medieval date (AD 1575). One disc from this cloth seal survives and the reverse of the disk retains two flattened rivets. The front of the disk is stamped with the inscription: [?]DVYTSL/COLCHESTER//15BAY75, within a circular linear border, the lower portion of which is pelleted


Diameter: 42.36mm, Thickness: 1.77mm, Weight: 22.0g.


The metal is a dark brown in colour with a smooth patina. The object has been treated by the finder and was cream in colour when found.
Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database: LON-6804CC, KENT-F12FD3 and LON-22F377.


Similar examples can be seen here: http://www.bagseals.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=22611


Egan (1994: 29) writes "Dutch immigrant community seals. The Dutch, who came as religious refugees to Colchester in 1565 and 1570, were among the most successful manufacturers of the new draperies in England in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The high quality of their bays and says, maintained by stringent and rigorously observed searching procedures, led rival textile producers to counterfeit their community's special seals in the seventeenth century, in order to take advantage of their products' reputation. The immigrants' seals include the word 'Dutch' in the legend, in a variety of spellings. The date 1571 on many of the stamps appears to refer to the year in which their manufacture was established on a formal footing (though no record of this has been traced). The same date was used on seals right up to 1728, when the Dutch weavers ceased to exist as a separate organisation." Reference: Egan, G. 1994. Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum. Occasional Paper 93. The British Museum Press; London.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1575

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.77 mm
Weight: 22 g
Diameter: 42.36 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Towcester (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7047
Four figure Latitude: 52.11689796
Four figure longitude: -0.9791098
1:25K map: SP7047
1:10K map: SP74NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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