The Merchant Weights of the Warwick

Author(s): Ammandeep K Mahal

Year: 2013


The merchant weights of the Warwick offer a unique insight into the nature of the voyage which brought the ship to Bermuda. Three lead pan weights were discovered at the site and, although the assemblage is small, it represents an important mercantile collection. The lead weights bear the ciphers of English trade guilds, marks, and regal stamps. The smallest weight was stamped with three emblems: the sword of St. Paul, which was the mark of London; an ‘I’ surmounted by the crown which represented the English King James I (reign 1603-1625); and the "angels and scales" of the Plumbers Company.

As well as providing information about the type of voyage, they tell the human story of the life and economic activities of early 17th Century England and their colonies.

Cite this Record

The Merchant Weights of the Warwick. Ammandeep K Mahal. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428380)


Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 664