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    • Object type: cloth seal
    • Broad period: MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: WMID-5EC199
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete lead or lead alloy cloth seal. The seal is sub-circular with a partial connecting lug at one end and evidence of a lug connection at the opposite end suggesting either disc 2 or 3 of a four-disc seal. The face of the seal disc depicts a coat-of-arms comprising a shield in four quarters. The top right quarter of the sheild depicts a lion rampant; the bottom left quarter depicts a harp. The remaining two quarters of the shield are further sub-divided into four quarters, each one showing three lis in the top left and bottom right and three lions passant in the other two qua…
Created on: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 24th October 2017
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Record ID: NMS-10C341
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Post-medieval lead cloth seal, illegible inscription/device // blank. Diam. 19mm. 3mm thick. 16th-17th century.
Created on: Monday 26th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
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Record ID: SUSS-14B113
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
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A worn lead-alloy two disc cloth seal of probable Post Medieval date (c. AD 1300-1600). The seal is complete, though worn and is formed from two circular discs joined by a rectangular rivet or tag of lead, which was then folded over the edge of cloth, so that the discs and decoration aligns. The upper surface is cracked and is stamped with a clothworkers' privy mark consisting of a long figure 4 with elongated tail on XX. There are two initials, one either side of the elongated tail. The initial on the left is illegible the one on the right is a C or a G. This being a merchant's mark …
Created on: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th July 2017
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Record ID: BERK-A79DDA
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A Medieval to Post Medieval lead cloth seal, two disk type. The face has been quashed and bears the stamped impression of a portcullis. The reverse is undecorated. This dates to the period c. 14th to 15th Century AD
Created on: Thursday 16th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 17th May 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C0BB0E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Two similar medieval lead cloth seals, two-piece, circular, from Malines (Mechelen) in Belgium, cf. Egan 1994, 112, fig. 43, no. 325, c.1305 - c.1350: - diameter 13mm, shield bearing three pales, ...BERT..... around // uncertain, image on rivet only. - diameter 15mm, crozier, illegible legend around // shield bearing three pales,illegible legend around.
Created on: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st February 2017
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Record ID: CAM-CD85D4
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
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An incomplete lead cloth seal, probably ranging in date from the late 13th century AD to the mid 18th century AD although cloth seals continued into use into the 19th century AD. This incomplete artefact comprises a complete disc 1 with squashed integral rivet intact. The connecting strip has broken off close to the edge of disc 1. It is uncertain whether this was a two or four disc cloth seal. This item weighs 2.12g, has a diameter of 16.1mm and length of 16.2mm, only c.1.0mm of which is likely to be the remains of the connecting strip. The connecting strip seems to have had a width o…
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 6th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Cambridgeshire District Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-BB5262
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Post medieval lead-alloy cloth seal. Complete two part seal consisting of two discs joined by a connecting strip and also the integral rivet from one disc which has gone through the hole in the centre of the other disc and, unusually, not stamped flat. On the disc with integral rivet is stamped a crowned ornate six or eight sided shield with the royal arms flanked by five petalled 'tudor' roses and surrounded by a line border. It would have been surrounded by a legend but this has gone off the edge. The other face, with the hole and rivet, is plain. The seal measures 25.3mm in diamet…
Created on: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd January 2017
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Record ID: NMS-037798
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Medieval to post-medieval two-part cloth seal, diameter 19mm. - // shield bearing the arms of England with a circle. 15th - 16th century. Finders' no. AC331
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 14th December 2016
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Record ID: NLM-FE1006
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead cloth seal fragment. A small cast disc with stamped motif comprising a thick bar with three smaller bars at right angles to it, possibly representing a crown, and an attached plain fragment of thinner [c. 0.8mm] lead sheet. Patinated. This may be from a Crown or Rose and Crown device. Suggested date: Late Medieval to Post-Medieval, 1475-1550. Diameter: 11.8mm, Length: 16.6mm, Width: 14.7mm, Thickness (overall): 3.2mm, Weight: 3.05gms
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Friday 21st April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Gainsborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-CB51C1
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Incomplete cast lead cloth seal, possibly a dyer's seal, consisting of two discs of unequal diameter, with one edge of the larger disc partly folded over the front face. There are traces of lettering around the edge of the larger disc and a clear imprint of a textile on the reverse. The remains of the smaller disc, which is 10 mm in diameter, are still attached to the central rivet on the front of the seal. This disc has a partial design consisting of possible ligatured initials or a double Latin cross, which may represent a 'grain tree', within a raised circle. Egan (1995) illustrate…
Created on: Monday 28th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 20th July 2017
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Record ID: LEIC-1A458B
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
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Late medieval lead alloy cloth seal, 2mm thick and 22mm in diameter with a weight of 4.21grams. The seal is circular in form and rectangular in cross section. It is an incomplete three part seal and has a raised circle in the centre of one face. This is decorated with a probable design of incised lines, but this is now unclear. The other side has the arms of England, three lions passant guardant, which was the Royal crest until 1399. The seals decoration is similar to BERK-8B09C4, which has been dated to the 15th century.
Created on: Tuesday 8th November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 8th August 2017
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Record ID: LEIC-76F0E3
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Late medieval lead alloy two disc cloth seal. The seal is decorated on one side with the arms of England in an ornate eight sided shield. This sits below a crown and the shield is flanked by an eight petalled flower motif to the left (as shown) and a five petalled (Tudor) rose motif. Part of an inscription survives but is difficult to read. The other side is incomplete but is decorated with a crown above a fluer de Lis and below that to the left is a ten petalled flower motif. Geoff Egan described these as County stamps and dated them to the 15th Century. This type is illustrated i…
Created on: Friday 7th October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 20th October 2016
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Record ID: WAW-613812
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
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Medieval to Post Medieval (14th to 18th century): An incomplete cast lead cloth seal which is composed of a sub-circular disc with an integral stud. The stud has been flattened and has been stamped with a grid design which may be a portcullis. Originally there would have been a second disc with a perforation but this is now missing therefore the full design is not visible. On the reverse the disc is decorated with a design which is unclear. The surface of the seal has an oxidised surface forming a cream coloured surface. It measures 15.29mm long, 15.27mm wide and 4.12mm thick. I…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2016
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Record ID: DENO-C59EA8
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
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An incomplete cast lead-alloy medieval to post-medieval (AD c.1350-c.1850) possible cloth seal, missing one of its discs, its rivet and its connecting strip. The object is flat and ring-shaped, with a central circular perforation. The surface is uneven and marked with tiny indentations. There is an old break at the juncture where the connecting strip would have extended from. The object has a white patina. Overall the object measures 14.78mm in diameter and 2.66mm thick. It weighs 2.46g. cf. Egan, G. (1992) Finds Research Group 700-1700: Datasheet - Leaden Cloth Seals. Pg. 1, Fig. 2.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 1st September 2016
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Record ID: CAM-C2615D
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead two disc cloth seal, probably ranging in date from the late 13th century AD to the mid 18th century AD although cloth seals continued into use into the 19th century AD. This cloth seal weighs 5.97g, the complete disc has a width of 16.4mm and the total length including the folded connecting strip is 22.4mm. The connecting strip has a width of 8.0mm at the point where it folds over on itself. Disc one is incomplete with the lower terminal end having broken off. The break is V shaped arround the central point where disc one thickens to form the rivet. Patches of dried…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 21st December 2016
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Record ID: WAW-D8456E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
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Post Medieval cloth seal: The lead cloth seal is composed of a sub-circular disc, which has an integral flattened stud on the reverse. The outer surface of the disc has a prominent 'A' with an annulet below the cross bar and a pellet above. The reverse, over the flattened stud has traces of a pine cone motif. The surface of the seal has oxidised forming a cream colour. It measures 19.42mm long, 19.49mm wide and 3.82mm thick. It weighs 5.62g. Cloth seals were in use between the 14th and 18th centuries as a form of quality control. Seals from Augsburg, Germany had the letter 'A' o…
Created on: Friday 24th June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 4th August 2016
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Record ID: BUC-D8272E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
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A four disc lead alloy cloth seal of Post-Medieval date still connected up The discs sometimes have official stamps impressed onto them indicating where they were used and what the cloth was. This example has a rectangular stamp set diagonally. The only decipherable part is a harp the other symbols are not clear enough to make out. Cloth seals were in use between the 14th and 18th centuries to signify the payment of taxes on cloth (Egan, G. 1989 'Leaden Seals for Textiles - Some Archaeological Evidence Relating to Fabric and Trade' Costume No. 23).
Created on: Saturday 19th March 2016
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winslow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-466FC2
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Fragment of a medieval lead cloth seal, circular, two-part, diameter uncertain (more than 20mm): the lower part broken around the base of a shield bearing two bars (on an obliquely cross-hatched field), the upper edge of the shield surmounted by a letter D // rivet only. Perhaps 14th-15th century.
Created on: Thursday 12th November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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Record ID: BERK-8B09C4
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete lead alloy probable cloth seal of later medieval date. The object is one element of a four-part disc seal, and would have been attached to goods such as wool, cloth or silk bales. One face of the seal is decorated in raised relief with the Arms of England; three lions passant guardant. This was the arms of England until AD 1399, however it is probable that the seal dates to the 15th century AD. A similar seal also from Oxfordsire has been recorded on this database (see BERK-6B34C7).
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 5th November 2015
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Record ID: KENT-6BCA5B
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A Medieval to Post Medieval lead cloth seal, probably dating AD 1200-1800. The object is formed of two discs and a connecting strip. . At the centre of the seal are the Roman numerals I on the first line and II on the second , possibly indicating how long the cloth was in yards. On the reverse are the unclear letters R W surrounded by a now illegible legend. It is similar in design to SF-867732 on the database. The object is 18.1mm in diameter, 2.7mm thick and weighs 5.03 grams.
Created on: Monday 14th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 14th September 2015
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