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Lead cloth seal. In the centre is the arms of the City of London (a cross and a sword). Around the edge is an inscription: "LOND[INI PRO] PANNIS LANICIS 1552", meaning 'for woollen cloths at London'. Lead cloth seals were attached to bales of cloth at various stages of its production and by Crown officials called 'alnagers', who assessed whether the quality was good enough and whether tax had been paid. This 'alnage' seal is from London. The date of 1552 is significant - it is the date of the Great Statute of Clothing, which included many varieties of regional cloths in its legislation (previously only the traditional 'broad cloth' had been governed in this way).
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