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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Cloth-mark; lead; inner disc from four part Hanseatic seal, probably for cloths exported from England; shield with orb surmounted by cross; corroded.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1630-1649 (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 26 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Part of OA.9240Eighteen complete seals combinig the devices on the two preceding discs were recovered, along with a large number of definite English seals, from a wreck off the coast of Norway dated to the 1630s or 1640s (Molaug 1980, 175-6). These Germanic symbols do not necessarily imply a Continental origin (this seems particulary unlikely for the parallels found on the wreck, in the absence of any accompanying Continental town seals, and this assemblage incudes further, large, four-part seals with a crown over a double-headed eagle on one disc and what seems to be a variation of the unequivocally English crowned-rose design of Nos. 197-9 on the other main disc); they could well be Hanseatic issues from one of the organisation's English outstations (there were offices in Ipswich and at the Steelyard in London; see on No. M.14 in Appendix 2).
    (Egan 1994)


  • Bibliography

    • Egan 1994 337 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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