My first Lead Shield Weight :)

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Following on from a visit to a new field, as mentioned here, I had a rather nice lead find yesterday.

I did wonder if it was going to be a drinks can, or another Aluminium horseshoe :Thinking: but I'm pleased to say that it wasn't. This gave a signal of around 30 on the Nox and it was only 5 or 6 inches deep. It was found on the edge of a ridge and furrow field, very close to a village with plenty of history.

ImageLead Shield Trade Weight (AD 1380-1600) by Terra Englandia, on Flickr

You may not be able to see in the pics, but there's a circle on the reverse and it been intersected with other markings.

ImageLead Shield Trade Weight (AD 1380-1600) by Terra Englandia, on Flickr

ImageLead Shield Trade Weight (AD 1380-1600) by Terra Englandia, on Flickr

ImageLead Shield Trade Weight (AD 1380-1600) by Terra Englandia, on Flickr

The design on the front is a bit difficult to make out, so I've tried to do a rubbing (I haven't done this since my school days). :D

ImageLead Shield Trade Weight (AD 1380-1600) by Terra Englandia, on Flickr

Here are a couple of similar items on the PAS website.

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /artefacts

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /artefacts
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Nice piece. :thumbsup:
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Love these. Never had the pleasure of seeing one in real life either so intrigued. Very nice find :thumbsup:
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I really like that...I have to confess I never knew trade weights came in this shape, so again I get to learn something new!
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nice. they usually have fleur de lis on the front but yours is different.
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Well that is a totally new discovery to me, as i have never heard of one before.
Thanks for sharing, :thumbsup:
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New one on me, too. Thanks, Andy :thumbsup:
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joemole wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:36 am nice. they usually have fleur de lis on the front but yours is different.
No they dont, they come with various designs, also known as wool weights, brilliant find :thumbsup:
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Wool weights? Is that what they were used for?
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muddy mick wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:53 pm No they dont, they come with various designs, also known as wool weights, brilliant find :thumbsup:
i stand corrected ( as usual ). what i should have said is the ones ive seen on digs have fleur de lis on them. :thumbsup:
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:50 pm Wool weights? Is that what they were used for?
Iv always known them as either trade weights or wool weights, Just doing a spot of googling and makes for interesting reading, re the bigger pierced types, Iv a mate who found one as big as my hand, though that wasnt pierced, but all in all big or small, pierced or not they were made for weighing things in some way or another

http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/weights.htm

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1360 ... t-unknown/

https://www.google.com/search?sa=N&sour ... 66&bih=657

I found a beauty once, not much bigger than a postage stamp, ironically mine had the 3 fluer de lis on it which i was told are rarer than some of the others, i put it on Fleabay and was gobsmacked when it sold for about £75 :lol:
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One I found a few years ago, also on Ridge & Furrow just outside Malton.
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Thanks very much for the information Mick. :thumbsup:

I'm quite intrigued by the markings on the reverse of the weight too. I imagine someone might have placed a coin on the back and scribed around it, to form a pattern for some reason. It may possibly be an owners mark?

If they did use a coin, then the main circle could be the actual size of the coin used? I've just tried to measure it and I reckon it's 30mm across. Now I just need to find a coin that's about 30mm in size and dated between 1380 and 1600 to try and narrow down the actual date of this weight :Thinking:

pattern on rear-crop.jpg
One I found a few years ago, also on Ridge & Furrow just outside Malton.
Ahah, you must have posted as I was typing out my post! A very similar design on the lower half of your shield weight. :thumbsup:
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