17th century lead weights?

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musket
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17th century lead weights?

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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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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/directo ... ze-weights
http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos- ... 1895-18091
http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos- ... 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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Thanks Merlon!

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