A lead bag seal. Found in the Wetherby / Goldsboro / Knaresbough area, 17 x 20mm 5.5g.


For context – lead seals (aka bale seals or bag seals) were identification tags used on goods in the medieval through early modern period (and later in some areas). They were used as markers for inspections, tax status, and/or content. A lot of the time these were stamped with guild or manufacturers’ seals, city coats of arms, or weight & measurement annotations. 

This one just says ‘bees.’ 

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