SOMDOR-1B27F7: Post Medieval Seal Matrix

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-1B27F7

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Part of a late eighteenth century gold fob seal set with a cornelian intaglio. The struts and suspension loop are missing. The fob seal is oval in shape and measures 33.81mm by 28.08mm by 5.24mm. It weighs 11.25g. The arms engraved on the intaglio are those of John Pitt, 2nd earl of Chatham (1756-1835), impalling those of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Townshend (1762-1821), daughter of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. It encorporates the coronet, supporters and motto, BENIGNO NUMINE ('by favour of the heavens') of the earls of Chatham. The seal must date from between the marriage of John Pitt in 1783, and 1805, when the Pitt family sold their estate at Curry Rivel.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.


Subsequent actions

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Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1783
Date to: Ante AD 1805

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.81 mm
Width: 28.08 mm
Thickness: 5.24 mm
Weight: 11.25 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st February 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Mr Steve Minnitt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gem
Secondary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Multiple
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Curry Rivel area

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: Tuesday 14th February 2006
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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