SF8241: Post medieval heraldic device

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Unique ID: SF8241

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lozenge-shaped armorial shield made from a lead alloy covered with a fragmentary thin shiny sheet, perhaps made of silver. The arms are in relief and there are no colours or tinctures surviving. There appears to be some iron corrosion on the reverse but no clear means of attachment.

The lozenge indicates that these are the arms of a woman, and the lack of impaling shows that the woman was unmarried. The arms are: quarterly 1 and 4: or on a pile engrailed sable, between two fountains barry wavy of six argent and azure three crosses-crosslet of the first. 2 and 3: argent on a bend sable three owls of the first. Quarters 1 and 4 are the arms of the Hallifax family, quarters 2 and 3 of the Saville family. Sir Thomas Hallifax, Lord Mayor of London 1777, married Margaret daughter and co-heiress of John Saville of Clayhill, Middlesex. They had a child Thomas, who lived at Chadacre Hall in Shimpling, Suffolk. He was Sheriff of Suffolk in 1837 and married Annah Maria Staunton. They had two sons and a daughter; Thomas Hallifax, who lived in London and died in 1849, Rev. John Hallifax, who lived at Edwardston House, Suffolk, and died in 1872, and Diana, who married John Weller-Poley of Boxted Hall. John had two daughters, Maria who died in 1863 and Ellen who died in the late 1870s. These arms are appropriate for either Maria or Ellen, as the two unmarried women of the family. The object that the arms were part of, however, is unknown.

Class: heraldic


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: AD 1870

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 53 mm
Width: 42.5 mm
Weight: 51.61 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st October 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy

Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: FORNHAM ST MARTIN

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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Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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