BH-18C6B0: Medieval personal seal matrix

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Unique ID: BH-18C6B0

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead personal seal matrix of mid to late 13th century date. The seal die is pointed-oval and flat, and has a projection at the top containing a horizontal attachment hole. The object is worn, bent and corroded. It measures 44.1mm high by 25.5mm wide and 5.6mm thick. The central image sits within an indented border and, when printed, depicts a man standing on the left hand end of a boat, facing right and steering the boat with a long rudder pole. A second figure, possibly a child, sits at the centre of the boat. The legend runs around the outside and reads: SIG.........N.S.BARVN (one of the strokes of the "V" in "Barvn" being formed by the end of the rudder pole). An indistinguishable symbol separates the start and end of the legend. The weight of the object is 38.50g.

Class: Personal
Inscription: SIG.........N.S.BARVN

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: with finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.1 mm
Width: 25.5 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 38.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th November 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 05/168 - 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Royston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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