BH-E2DE23: Medieval personal seal matrix

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Unique ID: BH-E2DE23

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A lead personal seal matrix of probable 13th century date. The artefact has become slightly squashed and would originally have been circular in plan. The central image is a depiction of the 'Sacred heart'. The heart is pierced from the top by a sword or lance which has created v-shaped cleft from which flames also emanate. Lower down, the heart is pierced by a horizontal arrow which, together with the lance, forms a cross. The legend, when printed, extends clockwise from 12 o’clock and reads: ‘+SIG(IL)-hVGONIS D’(A)[]DEL’. Extending from the top is a broken loop. The reverse of the matrix is undecorated and scratched. The object measures 40.3mm high, 33.2mm wide and 7mm thick. The weight is 34.34g.

Class: Personal

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.3 mm
Width: 33.2 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 34.34 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th May 2009

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 09/65 - 42

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Wellingborough (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP8867
Four figure Latitude: 52.294092
Four figure longitude: -0.711105
1:25K map: SP8867
1:10K map: SP86NE
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Current location: With finder

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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