WILT-359CB6: Medieval seal matrix

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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: WILT-359CB6

Object type certainty: Certain
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Possibly incomplete Medieval copper alloy seal matrix with a shortened hexagonal handle. The matrix itself is 16.8mm in diameter and the handle appears to have been broken in antiquity and smoothed over, so it is very short but just holdable. The seal matrix stands 9.6mm in height and weighs 5.57g. The matrix depicts a central heart within two arms, around which the legend reads *CREDEMICHI for crede mihi - 'believe' or 'trust' me. A pointed oval seal matrix in the Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum collection depicts a bird with a spray inside the same inscription (Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalogue Part 1, pp.33 & 37 no.22). On the outside edge is a probable dot to indicate where the top of the matrix was. 14th century.

Inscription: *CREDEMICHI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 9.6 mm
Weight: 5.57 g
Diameter: 16.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th September 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Nick GRIFFITHS

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Laverstock (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1432
Four figure Latitude: 51.087147
Four figure longitude: -1.801492
1:25K map: SU1432
1:10K map: SU13SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: Monday 15th October 2007
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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