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    • Object type: WEIGHT
    • County: North Yorkshire
    • Broad period: MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: LANCUM-7CBC2B
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Lead conical weight with a pointed apex and circular base dating from the late medieval to post-medieval period 1400 to 1600AD. The base has a cavity within it that is almost circular in plan. The apex has an integral central circular aperture that is 3 mm in diameter which may have been used with a hook to suspend the weight, but it is more likely to have been used as a standing weight. The base has a cavity within it that is almost circular in plan. Similar weights are illustrated in Egan, G., 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 5th November 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-15F114
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead alloy trade weight dating from the Medieval period, about AD 1300 - 1500. It is shield shaped and has a raised shield shaped area on the front face. The central design is of a crown over a fleur in relief. The weight has a mass of 213gm (7 1/2oz) so was probably intended as an 8oz weight. It has, however suffered some damage to the pointed base and the upper corners. The weight is 52.7mm long, 41.5mm wide and 15.0mm thick. It has a patchy cream and grey patina. Similar weights are discussed and illustrated in Biggs and Withers, 2000, Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collecti…
Created on: Monday 13th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 21st September 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-9CEEA5
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy standing weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1200 - 1700. The weight is pyramidal in plan tapering from a square base to a narrower top. A perforation is present towards the top of the pyramid. The object is undecorated. The metal has a light grey/brown patina and is worn. The object is 57.3mm tall, 23.4 x.20mm at the base and weighs 108g.
Created on: Thursday 26th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 28th August 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-E22976
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy weight of probable medieval to Post-Medieval date, 1200 - 1800. The object is tubular with a flat top and base. A central perforation runs through the object and all surfaces appear undecorated. The metal has a mid-grey patina and is worn. The object is 27.9mm long, 21mm in diameter and weighs 55.9g. The perforation is 9.9mm in diameter. The term 'weight' is used here in its broadest sense to include uses that do not involve weighing (e.g. holding-down, tensioning, etc.). They were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are diffi…
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 31st July 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-A0022E
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead weight of Medieval date, about AD 1300 - 1500. It is shield shaped, with rounded corners. The upper surface is slightly convex and the underside concave. The upper surface is decorated with a single, narrow groove mirroring the shape of the weight, forming a narrow border, within which are traces of a fleur-de-lys design in low relief. There is also a deep, U shaped groove in the centre of the upper edge, resulting in the weight becoming heart shaped. Unusually for a weight it has been penetrated,almost in the centre, by a ferrous rivet, or length of thick wire, suggesting …
Created on: Monday 2nd July 2018
Last updated: Sunday 2nd September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-0F16FA
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead alloy trade weight dating from the Medieval period, about AD 1300 - 1500. It is shield shaped and has a raised shield shaped area n the front, but any design is now illegible. There is an unusually shaped depression in the centre of the reverse, which may be the remains of a authentication mark. There is also a patch or iron corrosion near the lower point on the reverse, and a magnet suggests there is an iron plug here, possible to fine tune the weight. The weight has a mass of 219gm (7 3/4oz) so was probably intended as an 8oz weight. It has, however suffered some damage; …
Created on: Monday 25th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-0EB0F2
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Copied from SWYOR-E1D252 An undatable (but likely to be Medieval to Post-Medieval, about AD 1100 - 1800) conical lead alloy standing weight, with a hole sideways through the apex. It stands at 29.9mm in height with a base diameter of (max) 24.6mm and weighs 61.2g, so was probably intended to be a 2oz weight. The base is slightly concave and there is a small depression at the centre. There are no marking or designs on the weight, but it is somewhat pockmarked and is damaged at the base. It has a well-developed cream coloured patina. This weight is similar to SWYOR-E1D252 and to HAMP-F…
Created on: Monday 25th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-F94902
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A shield shaped iron artefact, possibly a form of trade weight of Medieval date, about AD 1250 - 1500. The object is shield shaped in plan with a flat top, curved sides and a sharply pointed base. It is rectangular in section. The surface of the object has undergone some corrosion and a layer has partially flaked away so that any markings that may have been present are no longer visible; the object is otherwise in good condition. It is 63.9mm long, 39.6mm wide and 15.9mm thick. It weighs 122.32gm (4.31oz). It has a dark brown patina. Compare another iron weight: SF-6A6240.
Created on: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 25th June 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-53FBE4
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead pendant weight, perhaps a net weight of probable Medieval date, about AD 1200 - 1500. It is rectangular in section and tapers to a point at one end. At the other end is a crude integral suspension loop with an oval perforation, the the weight tapers in thickness to a wide point. A similar object, but with more design features than this crude example, is illustrated on page 311 of Medieval Households where it is suggested to be a net weight, plumb bob or ship's sounding weight. There are also numerous examples on the database, usually suggested to be net weights for fishing …
Created on: Monday 4th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-564B18
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Lead alloy weight of probable medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1200 - 1600. The weight is broadly barrel shaped and is comprised of a rolled sheet of metal which results in an aperture throughout its interior. There is a brown-grey patina on the surface. It is likely that this was a net or line weight. Rolled lead can also be curse tablets but this cannot currently be verified for this object. The length is 40mm, the width is 10mm and the weight 26.37g.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Monday 4th June 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-99F313
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy standing weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1200 - 1700. The weights are pyramidal in plan tapering from a wide square base to a narrower rounded tops. A perforation is present towards the top of the pyramid. The object is undecorated. The object is 57.5mm tall, 25.4 x.25.2mm at the base and weighs 176g.
Created on: Monday 14th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-99B6D5
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy trade weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1380 - 1600. The weight is shield shaped with rounded edges and corners. A worn and crude raised crowned fleur-de-lis design is present on the upper surface. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The metal has a mid-white/brown patina and is worn. The weight is 70.5mm long, 47.8mm wide, 8.6mm thick and weighs 211g. Lead weights have been used in trade since the Roman period and were used for weighing quantities of coin as well as goods. Shield-shaped weights are a distinctive group of trade weights which are us…
Created on: Monday 14th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-413052
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead-alloy weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1300 - 1600. The weight is conical with a rounded top and flat base and was likely formed by pouring molten lead into a thimble casing then allowing it to cool. The object is 19.2mm tall, 17.5mm to 13.9mm in diameter and weighs 32.8g. Although this object has been described as a weight, it may also be a gaming piece. Thimbles have been in common use in England from the 14th century onwards and Geoff Egan (2010, p.265) states that no medieval thimble indisputably dating from before the 14th century has been foun…
Created on: Thursday 10th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-4122D7
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast lead-alloy weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1300 - 1600. The weight is conical with a flat top and base and was likely formed by pouring molten lead into a thimble casing then allowing it to cool. The object is 19.1mm tall, 15.3mm to 11.3mm in diameter and weighs 13.4g. Although this object has been described as a weight, it may also be a gaming piece. Thimbles have been in common use in England from the 14th century onwards and Geoff Egan (2010, p.265) states that no medieval thimble indisputably dating from before the 14th century has been found in England.
Created on: Thursday 10th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-F1A431
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy trade weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1380 - 1600. The weight is shield shaped with rounded edges and corners. A worn raised crowned fleur-de-lis design is present on the upper surface. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The metal has a mid-white/brown patina and is worn. The weight is 70.9mm long, 48.7mm wide, 11mm thick and weighs 239g. Lead weights have been used in trade since the Roman period and were used for weighing quantities of coin as well as goods. Shield-shaped weights are a distinctive group of trade weights which are used from c.A…
Created on: Tuesday 24th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th April 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-F0BB82
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead alloy trade weight dating from the Medieval period, about AD 1300 - 1500. It is thick, flat and shield shaped (flat top with curved sides meeting at a point at the base). The upper surface is stepped, with the central area much thicker than the edge. The centre may once have been decorated but the design is no longer legible. There is a large (5.3mm diameter), circular perforation in the centre of the upper edge of the shield. The lower border is decorated with indistinct beading, perhaps once representing a ropework design. The underside is flat and undecorated. The weight…
Created on: Tuesday 24th April 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-CA9343
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy weight of medieval to Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1400 - 1600. The weight is rectangular in plan and section with rounded corners and an integral rectangular loop projecting from the upper end. A shallow central circular depression is present in the base of the object and there are numerous scratches across all surfaces and a large gouge in one side. The metal has a mid-grey patina and is worn. The weight is 43.4mm tall, 30.5mm wide, 30.4mm thick and weighs 228g.
Created on: Tuesday 10th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-375F51
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A copper alloy ring probably dating to the medieval period. The object is circular in plan and hexagonal in cross-section. The ring varies in thickness where the object has worn, probably due to wearing against another connection. It has a mid-brown patina. Plain rings of such proportions have often been suggested to be Medieval or Post-Medieval harness rings dating 1200 to 1600AD (Geake 2001, 74), though they are typically un-diagnostic. The diameter is 28mm and the weight 5.89g.
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-A48C9E
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A possible lead weight of probable Medieval to Post Medieval date, about AD 1200 - 1800. It is a rectangular flat piece of lead, with bevelled edges. One face is stamped with an incuse letter, either a capital E or a lower-case m. The ends of the strokes have slight "fishtail" style serifs giving it a gothic appearence. The reverse is plain. It is 14.6mm long, 12mm wide and 2.4mm thick. It weighs 2.92gm. Weights with incuse letters are known, but the object could alos be a gaming piece, token, matrix or inlay of some kind. The similarity to a post office bag seal is coincidental as th…
Created on: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th April 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-D74157
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A lead alloy shield shaped or triangular trade weight dating from the Medieval period, about AD 1250 - 1500. The obverse has a recessed border, but any design in relief is worn flat. The reverse is flat, but is stamped with a circular mark which contains a double arched crown over the letters (R) S; the R is not clear. There is also a deep rectangular hole in the base of the crown. The weight is 31.3mm long, 25.8mm wide and 8.2mm thick. With a mass of 55.36g (1.95oz) this was probably intended to be a 2 ounce weight in the mercentile or avoirdupois systems. See page 302 of Egan's The …
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018
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