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    • Manufacture: Stamped
    • Primary material: Lead

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Record ID: CPAT-087FD2
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval lead alnage seal, probably dating to the reign of James I (1603-25) The seal depicts the crown above the fleur de lis with the initials I R all within a dotted outer and a continuous inner line border In this case, only the impressed seal disc remains from what is most probable a four disc cloth seal. It has an overall pale cream patina consistent with age.
Created on: Sunday 4th July 2010
Last updated: Sunday 4th July 2010
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SUSS-8203B1
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of the inner disk from a cast lead four-part alnage seal. It is flat on the back, the front is stamped with SER[...]//HE[...]//1628 in three lines with double roses to the left and below. It is 18.9mm by 16.4mm by 1.3mm thick and weighs 1.97 grams. It would originally have read: "serc//hed // 1628"; (ie the textile was examined in that year). It is probably from Kent by parallel with another, more complete, example from London, though the same alnagers initials (ligatured TH/HT) which appear on the other inner disc of the London example, along with the county nam…
Created on: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 15th June 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Patching', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-7CA7A4
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a two part cloth seal with two disks joined by a tab which is bent in half. One side is stamped with a 'privy' or 'merchants' mark in the form of a vertical bar crossed by a saltire at the top with an S below and the lower end of the bar forked with another symbol attached to each fork, all within an octagonal border. It is 15.9 by 15.4mm and 3.6mm thick; it weighs 3.88 grams. Probably part of a cloth seal used by a weaver, dyer or searcher. The use of a privy mark suggests a 16th to 18th century date.
Created on: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Last updated: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Patching', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-7C6706
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a two part lead cloth seal. Part of the ring, disk and plug between them survives. It is stamped on both sides. Obverse: Crown over shield of England [S'VLII'PAO'VI]ALL[E'LON']. Reverse: ornate shield with equal armed cross, each arm made of thee lines, with sword in the first quarter (arms of London) [LONDINI PRO PANNIS LANICIS]. It is 17.4mm by 16.7mm by 3.5mm thick and weighs 5.47 grams. This is a cloth seal for woollen cloth made in London in the later 16th century (Egan (1994:40-41, no.61).
Created on: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Last updated: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Patching', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-BD2482
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One disc from a probable cloth seal. On one side there is a circular stamp with a possible raised T design occupying most of the space. There is no obvious design on the other face, and the disc measures 17.78mm in diameter and weighs 3.63g. It is likely to date to the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries.
Created on: Tuesday 25th May 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 25th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Baylham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-AA79F5
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Medieval or Post Medieval incomplete two- or four-disc lead cloth seal. Only a fragment of the centre of two discs survive. Two-disc seals were formed of one disc with a raised cone in the centre which was pushed through the cloth and then through a hole in the centre of the second disc. The seal was then stamped across this cone flattening it and riveting the two discs together. This fragement is part of the cone and the upper and lower disc. On the front is stamped an unclear raised design, possibly a merchents privy mark. The back is plain apart from some incised lines. It is 1…
Created on: Sunday 28th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chichester district', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-AAAF61
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval lead bag seal from Portsmouth (c. 18/19th century). The artefact is sub-circular. It would have had a central recess through which a cord would have passed. It is stamped on both faces with motifs in low relief. One face has lettering across its centre surmounted by a crown and with a rose below. The letters are obscured as a result of corrosion but appear to read '?G POST?' The other face has the word 'PORTS[M]OUTH' within a circular border with a central motif, indistinct but sub square in form. On this face a lip has been formed to one side. The artefact has corrode…
Created on: Thursday 4th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SUSS-A1A8A8
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flat square piece of lead with rounded corners stamped with a privy mark on one side and plain on the other. Probably part of a cloth seal used by a weaver, dyer or searcher. The mark is in the shape of a long cross with a base that splits into two legs with a V below, the arms of the V crossing the legs of the cross. There appear to be indistinct initials to the left and right of the cross, possible G/R or G/B. It is all within a circular line border. The use of a privy mark suggests a 16th to 18th century date. It is 16.8mm by 16.7mnm and 1.6mm thick; it weighs 3.04 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coldwaltham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-AAAF87
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stamped circular lead seal. Late Medieval. seperated into four filed by solid straight lines. a riased pellet in the centre of the cross and an annulet in each field. A small scar at the top edge suggests that this is where the tag to connect it to the other half has broken away. Lead seals were commonly used in the textile industry to regulate quality and also to seal cloth bags of goods. This system was in use from the late 14th to the early 19th centuries. This example is one half of such a seal. This example is liekly to date to the mid-17th century.
Created on: Tuesday 18th August 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NARC-2FFF94
Object type: UNKNOWN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Ovan strip of lead with a circular impression. The impression apperas to be of a feline/wolf looking upwards. The faint lettering to the left appears to be AVG. AVG would suggest a Roman coin. However, the characters are in relief, meaning that the impression is unlikely to be of a coin. The impression is 15mm in diameter.
Created on: Wednesday 12th August 2009
Last updated: Thursday 3rd April 2014
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Record ID: SUSS-F225E4
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval or Post Medieval two part lead cloth seal for linen from Courtrai (Kortrijk) in Belgium. The seal is formed of a rectangular strip with a flat ring at one end and a disk with central spike at the other. The strip has been bent in half, the spike pushed through the ring and then stamped and flattened. On one side is shield with chevron and engrailed border, the arms of the city, the shield is ringed by an illegible legend between line borders. On the other is stamped x54, a measurement of lengh, within a circular pellet border. 25.3mm long, 21.4mm wide and 4.1mm thick; it weigh…
Created on: Tuesday 28th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Amberley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-7EA464
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a two piece lead cloth seal. One side of the seal remains with part of the strip between them. At the centre of the seal is a hole where the point from the other part of the two part seal would have projected. The linking strip has a moulded design of raised parallel lines. On the remains of the seal is stampoed an ornate shield with a pale in a circular wireline border; around this runs the legend TVR[...] then a pellet border. The seal is 23.2mm in diameter and 1.3mm thick, the projecting strip is 5.8mm long by 8.3mm wide. It weighs 4.65 grams. Geoff Egan comments: "This is…
Created on: Monday 11th May 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Patching', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-6EEB43
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stamped lead cloth seal of George I (1714-1727), with the head of George I on the obverse and the one and a half on either side of the horse on the reverse symbolising the duty in pence. Egan (1994) illustrates a similar example on page 179, Fig.28, No.161.
Created on: Monday 23rd March 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: BH-473505
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead seal of Roman date. Roger Tomlin (pers. comm.) points out that the majority of rectangular seals are legionary in origin (see Tomlin, Frere and Roxan eds. 1990, p. 93-100); however, the legend on this piece (see below) does not have an obvious military connection and must therefore be classified as 'miscellaneous'. The seal consists of a sub-rectangular block which appears to have been cut from a strip. It is unclear as to how the seal would have operated, as it lacks a hole for the chord to pass through. The legend has been deeply stamped into the surface, the letters themse…
Created on: Saturday 31st January 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Upton Grey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-581148
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Medieval lead papal bulla of Pope Urban. Bulla were used to seal official documents of the papacy which came to be called bulls after the seal. In the medieval period bull was only a popular term used almost promiscuously for all kinds of instruments which issued from the papal chancery, including indulgences, although it now has a more strict definition. The obverse depicts the busts of St Peter and St Paul each within an inverted pear shaped compartment defined by pellets. Only St Peter, on the right remains complete on this piece, his beard and hair are shown to be curl…
Created on: Sunday 14th December 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Lewes', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-0F1686
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead cloth seal of four-disc form, stamped on the inner discs, with the initial of the alnager: 'S' surrounded by the word 'HAMPSHIRE' inside a raised ring border: the other disc is stamped with a bird within a shield, which is in turn also within a ring border. The bird has a hooked beak and bells on its legs, above the claws, suggesting that it is meant to portray a hawk or a bird of prey. This seal dates from the 17th century (Geoff Egan pers comm).
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: CORN-0EA871
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stamped lead cloth seal of four-disc form: Disc 1: a tripartite motif with the number 24 below, which is presumably the length of the cloth in yards as measured. Disc 2: the initials of the alnager: TB to the sides of a flower (perhaps a pun on the surname - ? = Bloom/Blossom etc.) surrounded by a ring of pellets, with the legend 'HAMSHIRE' around the outside. Disc 3: a crowned heraldic rose. Disc 4: 'searched' written as SER/CHE/D. This seal dates from the 17th century, c.1600-1650 (Geoff Egan pers comm).
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-8E4A35
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead bulla, possibly of Pope Innocent ?. Faintly visible on the front is the usual depiction of the faces of St Peter and St Paul and traces of the legend S'PA S'PE, all within a beaded border. On the back is the inscription INNO/CENTIVS/P'P [---?], again within a beaded border. Both faces are worn and marked. These were attached to official papal documents. Date: Medieval Dimensions: 37.73 mm diameter, 4.48 mm thick Weight: 41.47 g
Created on: Thursday 11th September 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: NCL-5DD5A4
Object type: PLAQUE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a lead plaque with three sets of stamped initials of post-Medieval date. The plaque was probably originally a rectangular plate, though is now missing approximately 25% of the plate, including two corners. Three sets of the same initials are stamped in three of the four quarters of the plate: WS, or possibly SM. Two of the stamps read the same (eg WS), while the third stamp is a mirror (eg reading SM). The style of lettering makes a 17th or 18th century date feasible. It is unknown what the purpose of the object was.
Created on: Wednesday 16th April 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DENO-938AE1
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal; impressed lead papal bulla of Pope Boniface IX, dating to 1389-1404. The seal has the usual portraits of Saint Paul and Saint Peter on the front face, identified by the letters ‘SP[A]’ and ‘[S]PE’ above the heads. The faces are shown facing three quarters forwards and towards the middle. They are within beaded ovals and there is a beaded line around the edge of the bulla. The back face of the bulla has the name of the pope ‘BONI / FATIUS / PP VIIII’. The bulla is somewhat worn, especially on the front face. The whole has a thick, even, cream-white patina. …
Created on: Wednesday 19th December 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Melbourne Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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