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    • Institution: SOM
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: SOM-73D62B
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval to Post Medieval cast lead-alloy circular unifaced token of Powell type 1 (c. AD 1250-1800). The token has a raised design of a flower made of five pointed oval petals radiating out from the centre. It measures 15.4 mm in diameter, 3.0mm thick and weighs 4.61 grams. Lead tokens had a wide variety of uses and were made locally; they are therefore hard to date precisely and could be Medieval or Post Medieval in date.
Created on: Monday 30th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-1C08C5
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval lead-alloy two-disc type alnage cloth seal from London. Only about a third of one disc remains, the connecting strip and rivet are lost. The front has the raised stamped design of an angel standing facing with outstretched wings holding a palm in one hand. arounf the central design iks a inner circle then the legend GLOR[IA IN EXCLSIS] the an outer border. The fragment measures 22.59mm in length, 17.84mm in width and weighs 4.51g. Such seals were used to show the piece had paid the appropriate taxes (alnage). Cloth seals bearing a facing angel are issued from London fro…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1BA4DA
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval to post-medieval cast lead-alloy circular unifaced token of Powell type 1 (c. AD 1250-1800). The token has a raised design of a petalled flower with the 8 petals reaching the rim. Lead tokens had a wide variety of uses and were made locally; they are therefore hard to date precisely and could be Medieval or Post Medieval in date. Class: Powell Class 1
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-392DF7
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy circular mount or badge with a raised design on the front and plain back, possibly of the 17th century. The front has a design of a mans bust in profile, he wears a rounded hat with a prominent brim and lines running down to the brim from the crown and a decorated robe, he also appears to be bearded although this could be his hand held to his mouth or another feature. The bust is within a raised circular border with the field around the bust filled with ring and dot designs. The border has a thin inner plain line, then a thicker ropework line (ie interrupted by multiple…
Created on: Thursday 21st September 2017
Last updated: Monday 25th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-3840DA
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete post-Medieval lead-alloy circular double-sided token c. AD 1500-c. 1850. Powell Type 3/?. One face has a larged raised central pellet from which radiate five lines that meet the plain line circular border. Out lise the border there is a suggestion of small raidating lines but these end in the irregular outline. The other side has a raised design of lines and dots which is unclear. Diameter: 22.5mm. Weight: 4.81g. Lead tokens had a wide variety of potential uses such as tallies, gaming pieces, tickets, weights, etc. and are believed to have been locally produced; they are th…
Created on: Thursday 21st September 2017
Last updated: Monday 25th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-9F7A73
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval or early Post Medieval cast lead-alloy 'boy bishop' type token dating to c. 1470-1539. This token is a penny-sized piece, and corresponds to Rigold's inscribed Bury series 1G (c.f Rigold 1978, pp. 94-95). There is the remains of the casting sprue to one side. The findspot is unusually far West.
Created on: Thursday 27th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 7th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winsham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-76CD5E
Object type: TOY
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Post-Medieval lead toy, possibly a whistle, dating to c. AD 1600-1800. The toy is cylindrical, consisting of a hollow barrel with a with an expanded and enclosed end and terminating in a break at the other. The enclosed end has a central sub-circular perforation, containing an iron component flanked by casting seams. From one side of the barrel, along the line of the seam, project a series of worn stubs, from the oposite side, again along a casting seam, expands a sub-triangular lobe immediately below the expanded end, with a sub-oval-sectioned worn projection immediately…
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 14th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Lydeard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A3F059
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead alloy piece of uncertain use modelled on a die stamp for a livery button of probably 19th cnetury date. The piece is circular with a shaped front, rough sides and smoothed back where the metal has cooled with a slightly concave centre. There is a square piercing through it at 12 o'clock near the rim. The front is concave from the rim with a raised circle with slightly rounded edges 22.4 mm in diameter taking up the centre. The raised circle has a slightly convex top and a raised design on it of a shield of English (Tudor arch) shape bearing four fusils in fess above the shield is…
Created on: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Holford CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4012DA
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-Medieval composite lead alloy button with embedded iron wire shank, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1750. The button is discoidal, with a shallow convex front and flat reverse, with much of the original edge now abraded away. The front is decorated with a simple rose motif moulded in relief. A casting seem survives on the reverse, with the vestigial remains of a seperate iron shank embedded into the surface in line with this seam. Dimensions: Diameter 15.9mm; thickness 6.0mm; weight 3.07g. Comparable buttons can be seen published by Read, B., 2005. Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. A…
Created on: Friday 16th June 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Charlton Musgrove CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F257CA
Object type: STUD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lead/tin stud of probable late Medieval or Post-Medieval date. The stud has a sub-rectangular head, slightly damaged missing one of its narrow edges. The head has a flat back and slightly triangular cross section, with the front decorated by a cross moulded in relief with a single pellet in each quarter. The head is 10.9m long, 8.8mm wide and 3.1mm thick. From the reverse expands a slightly off centre integral rivet, with well defined transverse casting lines visible, extending from the edges and up the rivet, which has been folded over at 90 degrees and has a square cross section. T…
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F1E1C4
Object type: STUD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lead/tin stud of probable late medieval date. The stud has a flat sub-circular head, 6.1mm long by 5.1mm wide, decorated in relief with a central pellet surrounded by a further 10 pellets around the circumference. From the reverse expands an off centre integral rivet, with one edge of the rivet in line with the edge of the head of the stud, with a square cross section, 1.9mm in both length and width. The stud's head is 1.1mm thick and including the length of the rivet is 9.6mm thick. Although primarily a lead/tin alloy, slightly green discolouration visible in some breaks would sugge…
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F85DEC
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval lead alloy cloth seal probably dating to c. AD 1500 - 1800. The seal consists of two discs joined by a connecting strip. There is an integral rivet on one disc pushed through a central hole on the other and with the two then stamped flat. A partial privy or merchant's mark is visible on the obverse, with a central longitudinal line flanked by the initials I D. The line is possibly topped by a transverse cross bar, although this is unclear, whilst at the base it splits to form a broad chevron, overlain by an opposed chevron creating the appearance of a pair of Xs. The re…
Created on: Thursday 13th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barrington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-13E14D
Object type: TOY
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval lead alloy toy candlestick dating to the period cAD1700 - 1830. The object is in a neo-classical style. It is made up of a vertical fluted stem which expands at the top into a thick collar, the cup itself is missing. The base of the stem is defined by a further collar, this made up of two smaller ridges. Below this is a small triangular fragment of the base, itself decorated with a band of corded decoration within a border, moulded in relief. The candlestick is quite heavily corroded. It measures 47.92mm in height, 22.96mm in width at the base, 6.86mm in diameter of the…
Created on: Thursday 9th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ash Priors', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-310ED3
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval cast lead alloy (pewter) acorn top spoon dating to the early 17th century. The bowl is broadly fig shaped trending towards oval coming to a point where it meets the handle and convex sided, It is now bent in on one side. On the back of the spoon, there is a moulded triangular section extending from the handle a short way, the peg, which strengthens the junction of bowl and handle. The stem is parallel to the top of the bowl and there is a slight raised ridge across the top of the joint where the stem meets the bowl . The stem is oval to hexagonal in section with multiple …
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 20th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Montague', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3BA0E9
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead-alloy cloth seal. Part of one side of a two or four-part seal. The original seal would have consited of two discs joined by a connecting strip and also the integral rivet from one disc which went through the hole in the centre of the other disc and was stamped flat. This may be that stmaped flat section. On the front is stamped a crowned Royal shield with a number three to the right, within a pellet border. the shield has an angular base, straight sides and indented top. It would have been surrounded by a legend but this has now been lost or went off the edge…
Created on: Monday 9th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ash Priors CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3B599E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead weight or possibly spindle whorl. It is circular and has a domed top and flat base giving it an almost hemi-spherical shape. There is a circularl hole running through the centre expanding towards the base. The sides are plain with no clear decoration, although worn and slightly irregular. There is modern damage to the base. The piece is 29.1mm in diameter, 14.2mm thick and weights 47.64g, the hole is 6.7mm in diameter at the top, 12.2mm at the base. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely …
Created on: Monday 9th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ash Priors CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-CE47BE
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small lead button dating to the 16th to 17th century, discoidal, with a convex front and flat back. The front of the button is decorated with a central pellet surrounded by 6 petals, moulded in relief. On the rear is an integrally moulded shank broken as it splits into the loop with no real stem. Height: 9.2mm, Diameter: 11.8mm, Weight: 3.6g. This example closely resembles examples described by Read (2005: 56-57), particularly Nos. 207 & 214, which he dates to the 16th to early 17th centuries.
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2017
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Record ID: SOM-CD6D22
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead alloy pilgrims badge showing a facing bearded and long haired face probably a Vernicle (image of Christ as on the Veronica) or possibly an image of John the Baptist. The bade is a disc, slightly bent, 26.6mm in diameter and up to 4.4mm thick. On the front is the head filling the centre with no shoulders, inside a line border. around the inner border is a ring of pellets, conical with flattened tops, alternating with diagonal lines in places all within an outerline border. apart from th raised design the disc is very thin and in places there are hoels where the casting was…
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2017
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Record ID: SOM-CCE029
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small decorated lead button dating to the 16th to early 17th centuries. Discoidal with a convex front and concave back, the button is decorated with a central pellet flanked by six petals, with a slight raised border around the circumference and with all decoration moulded-in-relief. On the rear is an integrally cast simple looped shank, now bent 90 degrees inside the button. Diameter: 18.4mm, Height: 5.6mm, Thickness: 1.6mm, Weight: 3.29g. This example closely resembles examples described by Read (2005: 56-57), particularly Nos. 210 & 212, which attributes to the above date. …
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-FE63F9
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead alloy circular seal matrix. On the front there is a central incuse design of a flower of eight equally spaced narrow pointed oval petals radiating out from a central dot and small dashes in each gap between the tips of the petals. There is no border around the design just the inscription which does not start with a cross having only a pellet between the start and end. The inscription reads: S' WIL(L'MI) : FIL' WARINI, Seal of William son or Warin. There is no outer border. The flat back has bevelled edges and raised line running down the centre which expands into a soli…
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Monday 2nd January 2017
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