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    • Institution: SOM
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: SOM-1A30A0
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A lead alloy token of uncertain date. The token is uniface and sub-rectangular, with a saltire or 'X' incised into the centre of one face. The reverse is plain. The object measures 25.98mm in length, 19.94mm in width, 3.71mm in thickness and weighs 13.55g. Although difficult to date outside of a secure archaeological context, the token was found in an area with a large number of Roman period finds.
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-18AFAD
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Cast lead alloy weight, probably of Medieval to Post-Medieval date. The weight is in the shape of a truncated cone with a sub-circular flat base from which the sides taper inwards to the flattened round topped apex. The weight has been perforated, with an irregularly shaped hole running from the apex to the base. The weight measures 20.64mm in height, 32.80mm in diameter at the base and weighs 106.08 g. Lead weights were used for a long period and lack many diagnostic features, so are difficult to date precisely although most are Medieval or Post medieval in date.
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F76820
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Cast lead vessel repair (pot mend). It is roughly oval in plan and is comprised of a layer of lead covered by a fragment of glass, which in turn is covered by another layer of lead that is uneven and exposing the glass in places. The layers are slightly offset into a little squashed sandwich. The lead sections are oxidised giving a white patina, while the glass of the original vessel is a light grey-green colour. The pot mend is 5.6mm high by 16.2mm wide, and weighs 3.43 g. Pot mends of this form are found in both Roman and Medieval periods, as a common way to repair broken pottery an…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F76167
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Cast lead vessel repair (pot mend). It is roughly oval in plan and bullet-shaped with two irregularly shaped outer pieces of oxidised, white-patinated lead, one larger than the other, sandwiching a fragment of the original ceramic pot. The larger lead piece is slightly concave while the smaller piece is domed. The pottery has a bright orange fabric, possibly due to reheating with the mend with abundent coarse sand temper, patinated chert inclusions up to 1mm and occasional rounded ironstone suggesting a greensand derived fabric of local type . The pot mend is 19.6mm long by 18.5mm wide…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsburi Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2B5BD6
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-medieval lead seal, probably a bag seal or bale seal, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1800. Comprising of a sub-rectangular strip of lead, folded over itself and then pressed together, one side stamped with a fleur-de-lis in a beaded circle, the other with a cross, also in a beaded circle. Dimensions: length 14.3mm; width 13.7mm; thickness 3.5mm; weight 4.15g.
Created on: Friday 9th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsburi Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E13ADB
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
40 pieces of lead of various forms. Given the context they came from they are certainly Roman. They appear a mix with some which may allude to casting. Others appear to be for vessel repair and it is possible all the pieces were used or gathered for this purpose. 5 are off-cuts of sheet lead, all show evidence of neat straight cuts on at least one edge and are 1-1.5mm thick. 1 has the distinct cross section of a vessel repair with expanded faces sandwiching a thinner joining section The larger pot mend is 57.3 by 35.1 by a maximum of 12.9mm thick and has repaired a vessel about …
Created on: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C564B7
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Post Medieval lead-alloy cloth seal for cloth, probably a type of serge, probably made in Wellington, Somerset. The seal appears to be of the two-disc type and both discs and the connecting rivet survive, although the tab that previously linked the discs is missing. The seal is 26.1mm in diameter, 2.8mm thick and weighs 9.76 grams. The ring disc and rivet are stamped with a central design of a merchants mark in the form of a human foot over a elongated 4 with an S under the heel and an F under the toes. The vertical elongation of the 4 that extends beyond the foot, between the S and …
Created on: Thursday 8th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wellington Tone Dale', grid reference and parish protected.


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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-1F52D4
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval to post-medieval cast lead-alloy sub-circular unifaced token of Powell type 3 (c. AD 1250-1800), depicting a cartwheel design on one face and plain on the other. It measures c.15.9mm in diameter and weighs 4.06g. 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: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1E9ABC
Object type: POWDER FLASK
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A Post-Medieval lead alloy spout or nozzle from a powder flask, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1700. The upper section of the nozzle was originally sub-circular in plan with a open mouth, although now crushed, and the vestigial remains of two attachement loops project from the lateral sides of the base. A slightly tapering spout projects from the centre of the base. Dimensions: length 34.1mm; width 29.3mm; thickness 14.6mm; weight 24.93g. Such powder flasks are amongst the most common finds on civil war sites and would have been attached to a bandolier, a 17th century date is theref…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1E4469
Object type: POWDER MEASURE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-Medieval lead powder measure cap, probably dating to the 17th century. The cap has slightly flaring sides, with a flat, oval top. The cap has been crushed, with the sides squashed closely together. The two attachment loops at the top of the cap, one on either side, are missing. A faint vertical casting seam is visible on one side of the cap, on a line perpendicular to where the attachment loop would have been. The measure cap is 19.9mm long, 17.4mm wide and 21.0mm thick; it weighs 15.69g. Such caps would have been attached to bandoliers and are common finds on most Civil W…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster', grid reference and parish protected.


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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…
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 multipl…
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…
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: Friday 6th April 2018
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 or pistol, 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 …
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 27th February 2018
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 i…
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 -…
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-B0108E
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval to Post Medieval cast circular token of Powell type 12 dating to the period cAD1250 - 1800. The token is decorated with a raised millstone design, with diagonal lines extending from a central cross or saltire in a snowflake-like pattern. The reverse also features a raised design, possibly a very crude depiction of the initials TES, although this is unclear. Due to damage or incomplete casting the token is now incomplete, missing c. 40% its outer edge. The token measures 26.30mm in diameter and weighs 5.08g.
Created on: Thursday 4th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 25th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fyfield CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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