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Record ID: BH-2AB795
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete two-part lead cloth seal dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1550-1600) consisting of just the rivet, missing the rest of the discs and connecting strip. The obverse depicts part of the arms of England; the upper section of the shield surmounted by a crown. The reverse depicts the central axis of a triple stranded cross. The cloth seal measures 14mm in maximum diameter and 3mm thick. It weighs 3.2 grams. Possibly an alnage seal of London that would have had ER of Elizabeth I on disc one, and the inscription [S'VLLI'PAO'VIALLE'LON]; a much abbreviated version of sig…
Created on: Monday 19th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th December 2018
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Record ID: BH-857924
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
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A complete cast lead or lead-alloy two part cloth seal dating from the late Medieval to early Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1450-1650). The cloth seal consists of two flat circular disks with an additional central circular disk mounting the two sides together. The two sides of the seal are also joined together by a short, bent, folded liking strip that is rectangular in plan and in cross-section. One side of the seal has moulded lettering across two lines at a 90 degree angle. The upper line reads 'G'. The letters on the lower line are worn except for the last character: 'R'. The other s…
Created on: Monday 6th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
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Record ID: BH-84C50A
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
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A complete cast lead or lead-alloy two part cloth seal dating from the Late Medieval to Early Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1450-1650). The cloth seal consists of two flat circular disks connected by a short folded liking strip that is rectangular in plan and cross-section. The upper surface of the front disk is decorated with moulded lettering across two lines at a 90 degree angle. The upper line is obscured by a cross-hatching pattern but appears to read 'HSO', with half of the H merged into the S. The lower line reads 'IR'. The reverse disk is plain. The seal measures 29mm in length a…
Created on: Monday 6th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
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Record ID: BH-B4C0E3
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete lead cloth seal dating to the Medieval period. The cloth seal consists of two thin flat circular discs connected together at one edge by a rectangular strip. The cavity between the two discs is filled with depositional residue. The upper surface of one disc is decorated with what might be the remains of a legend, while the surface of the opposite disc is plain. The object measures 19.5mm in length, 12mm in width and is a maximum of 4mm thick. It weighs 4.39 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2018
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Record ID: BH-941840
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: BH-7A00E6
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete lead-alloy cloth seal dating to the Post-Medieval period. The seal is formed of a central disc surrounded by an attached concentric strip. The legend on the obverse reads NII/ACK in two lines. The centre of the reverse has scratched markings reading 'IIV' or 'IIW'. The cloth seal measures 23mm in diameter, 2.5mm in thickness and weighs 5.1 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 6th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
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Record ID: BH-90E911
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Elizabethan two part lead cloth seal dating to c.1558-1600. Only one of the discs survive. The outer face of the surviving half is decorated with a crowned portcullis surrounded by a circumferential inscription suggesting an Elizabethan date (Egan 1992, 2) the inscription is largely illegible. The reverse has a central integral rivet. The portcullis was "the main design for alnage seals in the late Tudor period... and continued in use into the early seventeenth century" (Egan 1995: 9). Alnage seals indicated the cloth had been checked for quality by a Crown official and …
Created on: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-C7395F
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead cloth seal dating to the early post medieval period. One surface is decorated with a monogram perhaps ligaturing a 'T' with several other letters. However, it was not possible to identify the type. The reverse is plain. The seal measures 24mm in diameter and 4mm in thickness. It weighs 7.41g.
Created on: Thursday 9th February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
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Record ID: BH-95CE62
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead cloth seal dating to the period 1558 to 1603. The seal comprises a flat circular disc of lead. The upper surface of the disc is stamped with the the crowned coat of arms of England, flanked by the letters ER and the circumferential legend '[...]VLII'PAO'V[...]LON'. The lower surface of the disc is plain with a small raised circular piece of lead at its centre. The other disc of the cloth seal is missing. See Egan 1995, p. 40-41, no.61 for a parallel which reads 'S'VLII'PAO'VIALLE'LON // LONDINI PRO PANNIS LANICIS (seal of alnage of saleable cloths of London // for w…
Created on: Tuesday 20th December 2016
Last updated: Thursday 23rd March 2017
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Record ID: BH-B1B7F7
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete lead-alloy cloth seal, dating to the period AD 1650 to 1705. The seal comprises two flat circular discs, one of which is now damaged, joined with a small rectangular connecting strip. One disc bears the relief-stamped legend 'WOR/STED/REFOR/MED', within a stamped circular border. On the second disc are the numerals '40', which probably refers to the length of the cloth, in yards. Length: 21mm; width: 17mm; thickness: 2mm. Weight: 4.38g. According to Geoff Egan, "'Worsted reformed' seals are among the most common and widely found of all kinds (of cloth seal)..., …
Created on: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd November 2016
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Record ID: BH-9B7C00
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete lead-alloy alnage cloth seal from the reign of George I (1714 - 1727). Two of the original four discs remain, joined by a folded connecting strip. One of the sub-oval discs bears the relief-stamped bust of the king, who faces right and is surrounded by the legend FIDEI DEFEN within a beaded circular border. On the other disc, is a thistle surmounted by a crown. There is an 'I' in the left field, referring to the duty in pence. The seal measures 24mm in length and 14mm in width.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 17th November 2016
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Record ID: BH-8CB466
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete lead-alloy alnage cloth seal from the reign of George I (1714 - 1727). Two of the original four discs remain, joined by a folded connecting strip. One of the sub-oval discs bears the relief-stamped bust of the king, who faces right and is surrounded by the legend 'GEORGIVS REX' within a circular beaded border. On the other disc is a crown surmounted by a lion. There is an 'I' in the left field and '1/2' in the right field, referring to the duty in pence. The seal measures 18mm in length and 17mm in width.
Created on: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 17th November 2016
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Record ID: BH-D9FA85
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A corroded and incomplete lead-alloy object, probably representing part of a post-medieval cloth seal. The item comprises a single disc with moulded ropework border around a domed centre. The connecting strip extends from the centre of the otherwise flat reverse. Length:22. 8mm. Weight:1.15g.
Created on: Monday 7th March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Moreton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-9670D0
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead-alloy disc from a post-Medieval cloth seal. The upper surface of the sub-circular disc bears an unidentified relief-moulded shield, above which is a probable date beginning '161'. Three concentric borders surround the shield, the inner and outer borders being beaded, the central comprising a plain line. Diameter: 20.2mm; thickness: 1.5mm. Weight: 2.23g.
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashwell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-95C6A6
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-Medieval lead-alloy four-disc cloth seal. The two largest discs adjoin one another; one of these bears the 'Prince of Wales' Feathers', in relief,with the letters 'S O' beneath and a beaded circular border surrounding. A remnant of the connecting strip projects from the distal end of this disc. The surface of the adjoining disc has a central star, surrounding which is the legend 'TAYNTON' and, outside this, a beaded border. The other two adjoining discs are incomplete, irregular and undecorated. Length:33.8mm; width:15.8mm; thickness:, 3.2.mm. Weight: 7.05g. TAV[N]TON A simil…
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Offley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-95BF63
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete lead-alloy cloth seal, dating to the period AD 1650 to 1705. The seal comprises two flat circular discs, one of which is now damaged, joined with a small rectangular connecting strip. One disc bears the relief-stamped legend 'WOR/STED/REFOR/MED', within a stamped circular border. On the second disc are the numerals '41', which probably refers to the length of the cloth, in yards. Length: 22mm; width: 20mm; thickness: 4mm. Weight: 6.04g. According to Geoff Egan, "'Worsted reformed' seals are among the most common and widely found of all kinds (of cloth seal)..., …
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Offley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-959154
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead-alloy cloth seal, dating from the post-Medieval period. The remaining portion comprises two adjoining sub-oval discs, linked by a connecting strip, with s relief-moulded portcullis design on one of the discs and nothing on the other. Length: 16.8mm; width: 12.5mm; thickness: 3.4mm. Weight: 3.17g.
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hitchin', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-958236
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a post-Medieval lead-alloy cloth seal. The piece comprises one sub-circular disc and part of the connecting strip. Part of a relief-stamped or moulded legend, possibly reading 'OMT', is located close to the edge of the disc; lower down this upper surface is a band containing a line of lozenges, with an arc at its right-hand end. The central portion of the disc is missing and the reverse has a textile impression. Length: 31.8mm; width: 20.8mm. Weight: 4.68g.
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hitchin', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-C79B4B
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A damaged disc from a post-medieval cloth seal. The sub-circular design has a relief-stamped rose head at the centre of its upper surface. In addition, close to the edge, there is a possible letter or numeral. A squashed rivet projects from the reverse, located a short distance from centre. Diameter: 19.6mm; thickness: 3.4mm. Weight: 2.75g. The presence of the rose suggests this is probably part of an alnage seal, which would have marked the payment of the duty on the cloth. A range of similar seals, dating from the reigns of Charles II to George I, were found in London (Egan…
Created on: Monday 30th November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 7th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Royston', grid reference and parish protected.


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