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SOM-A461E8: Post Medieval cloth seal

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CLOTH SEAL

Unique ID: SOM-A461E8

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Post Medieval lead cloth seal dating to the period c. AD 1500 - 1800. The cloth seal consists of the remains of two circular discs joined together by a connecting strip and a rivet that was pushed through the hole in one disc from the other disc and stamped flat. One disc has a stamped incuse initial M at the base. The other disc has a merchants mark formed of a vertical line topped with a 4 or cross with a curved right arm and longer left arm that curls under at the end into a circle, possibly a stylised T. The base has a horizontal line ending in a P at the left and a D at the right all surrounded by a pellet border. The lead has a thick off-white patina.

The cloth seal measures 20.37mm in diameter, 25.05mm in length including the strip, 3.55mm in thickness and weighs 7.84g.

This was probably a cloth seal used by a weaver, dyer or searcher. The use of a merchants mark suggests a broad late 16th to 18th century date. A number of comparable seals are published by Egan (1994: 181-183) although none with this exact mark. Similar cloth seals with merchants marks and incuse letters include SOM-4B013, SOM-B8FBC6, and SOM-A3D00C and may suggest a merchant and local checker or different people working for a firm.

Inscription: M // P D

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.05 mm
Thickness: 3.55 mm
Weight: 7.84 g
Diameter: 20.37 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st December 2018 - Monday 4th March 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 018354

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: Lydford-on-Fosse

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 1994 Lead cloth seals and related items in the British Museum London Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities, British Museum

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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