Lead cloth seal, stamped with the design of a crowned rose. This type of seal seems only to have been used in Kent during the reign of Henry VIII. Cloth seals were used in a system of quality control and taxation for the textile industry. 15th-16th century

Lead cloth seal, stamped with the design of a crowned rose. This type of seal seems only to have been used in Kent during the reign of Henry VIII. Cloth seals were used in a system of quality control and taxation for the textile industry.

London cloth seal bearing the head of St Paul above a shield charged with the arms of London. Cloth seals were used in a system of quality control and taxation for the textile industry. Cloths were examined for quality by an alnager and a tax (subsidy) was paid to the king of a few pence per piece of cloth. Seals were then attached to the cloth to show they had been examined and the tax had been paid.   Production Date: Late Medieval; 15th century

London cloth seal bearing the head of St Paul above a shield charged with the arms of London. Cloth seals were used in a system of quality control and taxation for the textile industry. Cloths were examined for quality by an alnager and a tax (subsidy) was paid to the king of a few pence per piece of cloth. Seals were then attached to the cloth to show they had been examined and the tax had been paid. Production Date: Late Medieval; 15th century

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