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    Question Why Do We Find So Much Lead Bag/Bale Seals?!

    I have had this question for some time now. Why are we finding so many lead bag seals on the fields? I myself found a couple of seals about a week ago on a field that had contained flour which is surprising for me. What would you do with flour on a field? And I've also found lead bag seals containing milk on fields that produced flour which is also quite strange. My own theory is that they had them in their pockets and when they went out to work on the fields the seals jumped out of their pockets because they're heavy. Bu I don't know for sure. If anyone knows anything about this please let me know, it would solve a mystery in my mind.

    Thank you for reading and happy hunting!
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    Very good question!
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    Same goes with nails at construction sites. Workers are lazy and won't pick up a dropped nail. I have a box full of wire nuts that I picked up while sweeping the floors.

    Field workers might not pick up a dropped seal or if they have to replace seals if the numbers/letters needed changing for what ever reason.
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    They were the pulltabs of their day.

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    I always assumed that lead was semi precious metal. They were saved off the bags for fishing weights and bullets and were lost in the fields and along the banks. That said I have not seen any recovers from water so who knows
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    Thank you all for the answers! I know that they were not precious and they most likely threw them away because they were like trash a hundred years ago. That I understand, but my question is still 'Why did they drop them on the fields?'. What purpose did a sack of flour have on a field? Why did the farmers drop them on the fields and not at their homes?
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    I'm don't much about lead seals. How do you know if the seal is off a bag of flour or milk bag?

    The seals I have seen (not many) had ID numbers/letters on them, not product names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactusrat View Post
    I'm don't much about lead seals. How do you know if the seal is off a bag of flour or milk bag?

    The seals I have seen (not many) had ID numbers/letters on them, not product names.
    I like lead bag seals a little bit. I don't find so many lead bag seals, only about three per hunt. About half of them I find have only numbers or marks which makes them unidentifiable but the other half of them has either a lot of writing or more detailed marks. The other week I even found one with a big lion with a shield, and a lead bag seal that had writing that I could trace all the way to a small town in Germany.
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    If you are fimding them in open areas of fields in clusters, there is a good chance in some ares, you were sitting on an established camp at one point, where goods and mail came in on a regular basis.keep searching!best of luck��
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    ... have never heard of this but just Googled it and way cool. Thanks

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    Hi.Crop seed bags or disused bags were used to protect young plants from early spring frost .TP
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    Probably used old sacks to gather in crops, bail seals could have still been hanging on and removed when filling and tying. i know i have sure filled a many old sacks with ears of corn and potatoes. i guess the kids of the crop gatherers could have had a big time with the seals also.
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    What is a “lead bag seal containing milk”??
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    What is a “lead bag seal containing milk”??
    Hi When did the Swedish Dairy Industry become commercialized ? TP

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawmill man View Post
    Probably used old sacks to gather in crops, bail seals could have still been hanging on and removed when filling and tying. i know i have sure filled a many old sacks with ears of corn and potatoes. i guess the kids of the crop gatherers could have had a big time with the seals also.
    That's a really good thought. That might be one of the main reasons we find so much lead bag seals. Thank you
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