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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: SF6286

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Late 17th- or early 18th-century copper-alloy seal matrix, worthy of recording as it is so odd. It is roughly sub-triangular with a hollow sub-rectangular cross-section. The apex has a collar with a screw thread inside. Below this is a triangular lobe decorated on either face with an engraved chevron with nicks inside either line, with some very fine vertical grooving (like that often found on book clasps) around. Below this lobe is a narrowed concave waist, and then a wide rounded lobe decorated on each face with an engraved border and three interlocking apex-to-apex triangles (two above and one below). Each has the same short engraved nicks as the chevron above, and there is more fine vertical grooving around. At the bottom is a solid flaring foot with an engraved oval die on the bottom. The die has a crest, now slightly damaged but with a clear straight line representing the wreath, and a winged animal above with short pointed wing and a line of dots like a mane along the neck. It is possibly a pelican, a wyvern or a dragon. The use of this object is unclear; it seems a little too heavy to be the top of a pen.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1650
Date to: AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 57 mm
Width: 26.5 mm
Thickness: 10 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 5th April 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK CHELMONDISTON

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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