Piece of card used to pack out shield-shaped tillet block insert

Tillet stamps were a marketing device used for Exeter’s woollen cloth exports.
Pieces of woollen cloth for export were packed in cloth wrappers or tillets. Twenty or more wrapped pieces of cloth would be made up into a bale. An attractive mark, rather like a trademark, was stamped onto the tillet wrapper using a tillet block. The stamping was done in the workshop of a tilleter using a large tillet stamping press.
Tillet blocks were composite objects – the main block had recesses into which inserts could be placed. There were shield-shaped inserts with attractive, often heraldic designs. There were also smaller inserts for merchant names, merchant marks or lengths of cloth.

This is a piece of card that was placed under a shield-shaped tillet block insert. It was used to pack out a shield-shaped tillet block insert so that it was level with the tillet block itself thus making a clear print.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
67/2023/6
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Material
card | | | |
Common Name
piece of card used to pack out shield-shaped tillet block insert
Simple Name
stamp
Period Classification
Georgian (1714-1837)
Production Town
Exeter
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials

Production Person Surname

Production Year Low

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piece of card used to pack out shield-shaped tillet block insert