“Yames Towne” lapel pin


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This small lead plaque, reading “Yames Towne,” is the equivalent of a modern-day luggage tag.  The plaque was probably marking some merchandise that had been warehoused in London before being shipped out to Jamestown.  The odd “Y” spelling may suggest a German or Dutch origin for the goods as those languages represented “j”s with “y”s during this time period.