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Bale seal found at Fort Erie

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Overall: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
stamped: (1), on front: "R 4 H/ LONDON & LEEDS"; on back: ".../202"
Lead bale seal found at Fort Erie; two disks connected by band; one disk is pierced with a hole, folds over, and snaps on to the tab on back of the other disk; enclosed in beaded border on front of seal are a manufacturer's mark and symbols; engraved fractions on back.
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This bale seal was found at Fort Erie, a British fort on the Niagara River in Ontario, Canada. The seal was used to label goods that were shipped from London to British troops stationed at the fort. Fort Erie was captured by American forces on July 3, 1814, and was unsuccessfully besieged by the British from August until their abandonment of the siege on September 21, 1814.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group