Lead seals of this type were attached to newly woven clothes as part of the textile industry's quality control system.
The complete half carries a pinecone, the heraldic bade of Augsburg, Germany. The seal would originally have been attached to a consignment of Augsburg fustian, a mixed linen and cotton fabric.
This example dates from the early 17th century and was excavated on the Blackfriars site.
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