17th century lead weights?

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17th century lead weights?

Postby musket » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:49 pm

Does anyone know the markings that would be on a 1lb lead weight of the ECW period in England?
Any hints of a trader that might do them?



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Re: 17th century lead weights?

Postby Merlon. » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:51 am

By lead weight I assume you mean a weight for measuring other goods rather than just a lump of lead to be used for various purposes.
Most Town or Guild weights were bronze bell like objects, with a small amount of lead added for fine tuning when they were compared against the statutory reference weights held in London.
Some examples are:-
http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/directory/tudor-stuart/bronze-weights
http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1895-18091
http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1895-13620

I would guess that a traders weights would likely to be bronze as well as a lead weight is too easy to adjust for fraudulent purposes.



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Re: 17th century lead weights?

Postby musket » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:56 pm

Thanks Merlon!




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