YORYM-327017: Medieval : Seal matrix

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Unique ID: YORYM-327017

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A very fine copper alloy double-faced seal matrix, flat with a pierced loop on one terminal. Pointed oval, 41.3mm × 27.2mm. One die depicts the Virgin Mary cradling baby Jesus, with two angels, one to either side of Mary’s head, with their wings overstretched. There appears to be an acorn either side of Mary also. Below this are three arches, and then a kneeling and praying supplement. With SIG and W'LLI (sigillum Willelmi = seal of William) in the fields either side of him. There is a pelleted border around the whole image. The inscription reads: CONFER OPES W[ILLELMO] O VIRGO MARIA TVO The other die depicts a figure climbing up a ladder; this could be St Lawrence on his gridiron. There is a pelleted border around the whole image. The inscription reads: +DISPERSIT DED[ER]IT PAVPERIBVS. It could translate to he disperses [-----] to the poor. The loop is at the 12 O’ clock position. Fourteenth century. Christopher Whittick believes that this is the seal of the Hospital of St Lawrence at Ellerton, which was attached to the Gilbertine Priory of Ellerton, or it might be the seal of the priory itself. A prior William occurs in 1348 and 1371 See: (see full reference below) http://www.britishhistory.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=36277

Find of note status

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


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1340
Date to: Circa AD 1380

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.9 mm
Width: 27.2 mm
Thickness: 3.8 mm
Weight: 16.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mr Christopher WHITTICK
Secondary identifier: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Multiple
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Scarborough (District)
To be known as: Brompton

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: Thursday 6th November 2008
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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