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jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

Anybody have any idea what this is. guy found this underwater detecting in the carribean in a stash of 1500-1600 dated silver


  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 22, 2019 3:17PM

    What's it made of and size. Does the Sprue at the top look broken off something? Does the center portion in the second image turn?

  • jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

    appears to be lead

  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks Religious - Christian.

  • CCDAMEEKCCDAMEEK Posts: 117 ✭✭✭

    Thinking you found an old lead seal with a shipping tracking number ??

    photo seal_zpsoh7psybh.jpg

    photo seal2_zpsfz9ha4ku.jpg

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jdimmick ... Could you elaborate more on the 'stash' and where in the Caribbean? (Just general reference such as near what island).... It looks as if it could be part of the seal for a container of gold/silver being shipped back to Spain...and it did not make it. Cheers, RickO

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,374 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lead seals have been in use all over the world going way back. 1508 could be a year. Ship voyages took a long time so that would be relevant upon receipt in Europe. IMO. Peace Roy

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  • jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,542 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 23, 2019 5:09PM

    If the guy comes back in, Ill ask him where in the carribean. He and his father found lots of silver coins in the same area!!
    this was back in the 70's 80's

  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,658 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting, good luck !!! :)

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jdimmick Thanks... I ask because I lived and worked in the Caribbean for years (3 years Barbados, 2 years Puerto Rico)...and have visited many of the other islands... Cheers, RickO

  • definitely looks like a lead bale seal

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  • axelrichaxelrich Posts: 43 ✭✭

    Silver Coins...........

  • EbeneezerEbeneezer Posts: 248 ✭✭✭

    Lead seal. I found a website where you can buy these for 8.50eu

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lead seals used to be commonly used on meters (gas, electric) to prevent tampering... They certainly had many other applications as well...Cheers, RickO

  • gripgrip Posts: 9,962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CCDAMEEK said:
    Thinking you found an old lead seal with a shipping tracking number ??

    photo seal_zpsoh7psybh.jpg

    photo seal2_zpsfz9ha4ku.jpg

    I have one similar, dated 1893 was used for taxes paid .

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    These are lead textile seals.
    Yours is different and looks like it might have sealed a wire/rope ?? to deter tampering with the contents.


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