Bale Seal

15 Aug

Known as a lead cloth Bale Seal, this artifact could have been used for several purposes.  It clearly depicts a thistle and the letter “C” representing Charles I showing when and where the goods were produced.  When items were shipped to Ferryland, the seal was used to tag items mainly cloth as it was very valuable.  The purpose of the seal would have been to indicate that tax had been paid to the crown, to confirm the quality of the goods being shipped, or to provide evidence if the bale or bundle were tampered with during shipment.

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