Interesting Lead Bust

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Interesting Lead Bust

Post by Atral » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:28 pm

It's a long shot that anyone will be able to ID this, but I thought it was an interesting find, so I figured I'd share it with you all anyway. Found it a little bit below the surface on ploughed land in east Hertfordshire. At first I thought it was a lump of scrap lead, but after brushing the dirt off I saw that it was a bust. I would guess that it's a woman from the long hair and pronounced chest, but it could also be long-haired man wearing a breastplate or something like that.


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Re: Interesting Lead Bust

Post by Allectus » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:44 pm

Lead busts were often used as lid handles on Georgian tobacco jars.

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Re: Interesting Lead Bust

Post by littleboot » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:53 pm

Blimey that IS a pronounced chest. All I can say is if it represented a man wearing a breastplate he wouldn't need a sword to have someone's eye out. :))
Looks like a woman then....and the back indicates a shawl or shawl collar.
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Re: Interesting Lead Bust

Post by fred » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:11 pm

Allectus wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:44 pm
Lead busts were often used as lid handles on Georgian tobacco jars.

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It seems pretty big for that. It looks a bit like perhaps a pipe tamper with the business end missing but i'm really not sure. :D
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Re: Interesting Lead Bust

Post by Spearhead » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:00 pm

It looks very much like one of my old girlfriends!

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