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Record ID: SOM-61B2CC
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An incomplete Medieval or Post Medieval lead cloth seal, probably dating to c. AD 1400-1714. Disc 1 of a 2- or 4-part seal. The surviving fragment comprises of a flat disc of lead with an integral rivet projecting from the reverse. The front of the disc is stamped with a crowned F flanked by fleur-de-lis, all in low relief. Dimensions: diameter 17.3mm; thickness 7.2mm; weight 2.48g. With so little of the design surviving any specific identification must be slightly tentative, however very similar seals for faulty cloths are published by Egan (1987: nos. 110-111), suggested to date to…
Created on: Wednesday 11th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th July 2018
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Record ID: BH-941840
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete lead two-part cloth seal, probably dating to the Medieval or Post-Medieval period. The cloth seal consists of two circular discs attached to each other. The obverse disc is plain with a raised central area and a recessed circumerential boarder which is compressed at one edge. The reverse disc is also plain. An iron pin consisting of a single piece of of iron wire runs vertically through the centre of the object and is secured in place by its two twisted terminals. The lead seal measures 21.5mm in diameter and 5mm in thickness. It weighs 13.01 grams.
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 19th June 2018
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Record ID: BH-8F82CE
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete lead two-part cloth seal, probably dating from the late Medieval to early Post-Medieval period. The object consists of two parallel circular discs joined together by a rectangular strip at one section of the edge. Both the obverse and reverse plates have moulded decoration of an unclear motif. The object measures 17mm in diameter and is 4mm thick. It weighs 4.25 grams.
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-436708
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete lead alloy Cloth Seal of Medieval or Post Medieval (AD 1450 - 1700). The object is a two piece disc seal, the discs joined by a tab forming a loop and crimped together. One disc is plain. The other is stamped with a chequered shield. The metal is a dark cream in colour Length: 24.78mm, Width: 18.14mm, Thickness: 2.71mm, Weight: 4.5g.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
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Record ID: DOR-D93BFA
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A two part lead cloth seal. Two circular discs joined by a central integral rivet and a narrow strip at one edge. On face is undecorated and the other bears a raised design of an open crown over a rose. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1400 - 1550 Dimensions: 23.60 mm x 26.50 mm x 4.70 mm Weight: 12.93 Similar to an example from Essex recorded in Egan, G 1994, Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items in the British Museum, p. 26, No. 14 & p. 161, plate 11
Created on: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
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Record ID: WILT-9B387E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete post medieval lead cloth seal, dating to the period AD 1500-1700. Obverse depicting a rose. Reverse depicting the letter K. It has a diameter of 16.27mm, a thickness of 2.72mm and weighs 2.66g.
Created on: Thursday 25th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th March 2018
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Record ID: NARC-874D4C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
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A complete lead Cloth Seal of Post-Medieval date (AD 1380-1700). The object is a two part seal and is composed of two circular discs joined by a connecting strip which is folded to press the two discs together. One disc has a rivet which has been pushed through the hole of the second disc. And designs on the seal are not visible The earliest seals for marking the quality of cloth date from the late 14th century and continued in various forms up to the 19th century (Egan 1994 p2-4) Diameter: 23.40mm, Thickness: 3.45mm, Weight: 4.7g.
Created on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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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 …
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 mar…
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 …
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 dia…
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) illustr…
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: DOR-631A2D
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a probable cast lead cloth seal dating to the 17th century. The piece is composed of a sub-circular disc decorated with a pellet circle around a raised inscription reading DORSET(pellet) with a central circle containing an illegible symbol. Originally there would have been a second disc with a perforation but this is now missing therefore the full design is not visible. The reverse of the disc is undecorated and flat. The seal has an oxidised surface forming a cream coloured surface. Date: Post Medieval. Diameter: 11.11mm Weight: 0.7g Reference: Similar to Eg…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 19th February 2018
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