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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 45, October 29, 2000, Article 5

LEAD WEIGHTS: THE DAVID ROGERS COLLECTION 

   Paul Withers writes:  "I am pleased to announce the birth of a 
   new book :  LEAD WEIGHTS The David Rogers Collection 
   by Norman Biggs and Paul Withers, with a foreword by Geoff 
   Egan. 

   The book is A4 format with card covers and has 70 pages with 
   a separate 4 page supplement which has prices and a guide for 
   collectors.  Lead weights might at first seem to be unconnected 
   with numismatics, but David Rogers the late owner of the 
   collection was a keen numismatist and some of the weights are 
   clearly intended to check the weights of coins, or to weigh coins 
   as bullion.  A few goldsmiths weights, intended to weigh precious 
   metal, are also included.  Price 15 GBP.  Post extra. 

   Lead weights have been used in Britain for about 2000 years, 
   but very little has been written about them and what does 
   appear is usually buried deep in archaeological reports. The 
   late David Rogers was collecting at a time when the advance 
   of metal detecting meant that large numbers of new finds were 
   turning up in greater profusion than ever before, or have since. 
   His collection, due to his dedication to the subject, was by far 
   the largest and most important assembled.  Nearly 300 items 
   are arranged, described and illustrated.  Geoff Egan writes in 
   his foreword : 

   "The David Rogers Collection of lead weights, here published 
   in a catalogue raisonne, is probably the largest and most 
   diverse in existence in England for the period it represents. 
   It was assembled over some fifteen years, at a time that turns 
   out to have been uniquely provident of uncharted excavated 
   material, then available in unprecedented quantity.  This 
   combination of chance factors was fortunately exploited by 
   a shrewd collector's instinct, so that with this present work 
   the subject is now advanced significantly......  This present 
   guide is a milestone in the rational, carefully considered 
   interpretation of a most difficult topic." 

   Galata Print Ltd., 
   The Old White Lion, 
   Market Street, 
   LLANFYLLIN 
   Powys 
   UK     SY22 5BX 

   Those in the US may obtain the book through the US 
   distributor, Allan Davisson, who may be contacted at 
   DAVCOIN@aol.com" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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