DENO-98B667: Medieval seal matrix, head device

Rights Holder: Derby Museums Trust
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Unique ID: DENO-98B667

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval cast copper alloy seal matrix, 14th century. Circular matrix with hexagonal handle projecting from the reverse, terminating in a trefoil loop. The matrix has a design of a male(?) bust facing left (right in impression) at the centre of a double-petalled octofoil; there is no inscription. Diameter of matrix 20.7mm, length 23.4mm, width and thickness of handle 10.1mm x 3.7mm, weight 10.78g. The design of a bust may be intended to imitate Medieval seal matrices set with Roman intaglios.


This object has been covered in varnish by the finder.

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: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.4 mm
Width: 10.1 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 10.78 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st November 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Rachel Atherton
Identified by: Ms Rachel Atherton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E6844

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: Bolsover (District)
To be known as: Whitwell

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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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