Tillet block

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 block features the inscription ‘SAYE ARC FINISSIME IMPERIALI’ and a measure of length in Italian ‘VERGHE 28’.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
A4139
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Material
wood | | | |
Common Name
tillet block
Simple Name
stamp
Inscription Transcription
FINISSIME SAYE ARC IMPERIALI; VERGHE 28
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composite tillet block, SAYE ARC FINISSIME IMPERIALI, VERGHE 28