Cloth Seals

Several cloth seals unearthed during excavations at a late 17th – early 18th century archaeological site in Calvert County have been conserved recently at the MAC Lab. These lead cloth (or bale) seals would have been attached to a bolt of cloth to indicate that a form of quality control had taken place. During careful conservation treatment of the seals, a variety of impressions in the lead were more clearly exposed. On one seal, the impression of an “I” and an “S” was further revealed and, on another, the head of a monarch was uncovered.

To learn more about these seals, check out this month’s Curator’s Choice.

Seal showing “I” and “S”

Sketch of seal with monarch’s head


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