Cloth Seal, Norwich Weavers' Company Seal, Worsted Reformed

Cloth Seal, Norwich Weavers' Company Seal, Worsted Reformed, Image & Found by Adam & Lisa.
Found in South Lincs. 17mm diameter (22mm max) 4.5g.

WOR / STED / REFOR / MED other side the 30 stands for length of the cloth in yards.

See Geoff Egan, No,87 Fig.22, 'Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items in the British Museum' Occasional Paper 93,:-
Two seals were attached, one at each end, to every worsted examined at Norwich from the mid-seventeenth century until 1705 (when sealing there ceased). One seal had the surname initials of the twelve wardens of the Company for the particular year and 'Norwich', and the other had 'worsted reformed' and the length in yards of the piece, as measured.... Lists of wardens for most years in the late seventeenth century are given in the Mayor's Court Books at Norwich Record Office, allowing the exact date of issue of some of the seals to be established...
'Worsted reformed' seals are among the most common and widely found of all kinds, attesting a large national and international market for the late seventeenth-century Norfolk worsteds they represent. Published examples have been found in London.....or their findspots are unrecorded..... Unpublished ones have been found in at least a dozen English counties, as well as in Sweeden...and at colonial sites in the U.S.A.... "

More details on the Norwich weaving industry and seals can be found at The Norwich Texiles Project.

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