CORN-09CBC8: seal matrix (seal)

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Unique ID: CORN-09CBC8

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

Cast copper alloy seal matrix with a circular die (face of the seal) depicting a heart element in the centre that is being clapsed by two hands with cuffs, surmounted by a four-petalled flower and bordered by foliage on either side. The handle of the matrix is hexagonal in section and tapers and then widens to a hexagonal collar below a suspension loop that is lozenge-shaped in profile with a circular perforation. These love mottoes in French were private as it denotes and intended to be used for sealing personal letters. They generally date from the 14th century and often have a central design of a heart, flowers or clasped hands (Mills, 1999, 27, Nos.NM.47-48).

The lettering reads *PRIEVE SVE DI AMOR

The first two words are very common on matrices and mean "private" or "I am private" and AMOR is the French "amour" or "love". So literally it could be "I am private of love", hence perhaps something like "I keep love's secrets" (Irene Szymanski pers comm).

Cherry in Saunders (1991) illustrates similar seals in form (not the dies) on pages 36-7, Figs.6-7, Nos.12 & 17-18, which are dated from the 14th century.

Inscription: *PRIEVE SVE DI AMOR

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 24 mm
Thickness: 5.5 mm
Weight: 8.92 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th May 2011 - Sunday 15th May 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Mrs Irene Szymanski

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Marazion (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW5231
Four figure Latitude: 50.127132
Four figure longitude: -5.471223
1:25K map: SW5231
1:10K map: SW51SW
WOEID: 26352487
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: Monday 26th March 2012
Updated: Tuesday 24th November 2015

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