LVPL-E6AA83: Medieval silver seal matrix

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Unique ID: LVPL-E6AA83

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

The inscribed frame of a medieval silver seal matrix, of circular form. The back of the seal is now missing, as is the centre, which would once have held a gem or intaglio, possibly Roman. The matrix is slightly bent. The seal is inscribed in Lombardic letters: +BEREN GAIUS: The seal was a personal seal, the name being an abbreviated form of the name Berengar, or Berengarius. The seal matrix dates from the 13th - early 14th century. Dimensions: diameter of exterior of ring 23 mm, diameter of interior of ring 13 mm. In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. Beverley Nenk Curator of Medieval Collections


According to the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens: "In the early 12th century Ramsey Abbey granted the manor of Barnwell St Andrew to Reginald le Moyne. About 1266 the castle was rebuilt by his descendant Berengar le Moyne. The Abbey regained possession of the manor in 1276, and until the Dissolution the castle was occupied by tenants."

In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Inscription: +BEREN GAIUS:

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Oundle Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T39


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.79 mm
Width: 22.42 mm
Thickness: 1.91 mm
Weight: 2.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 3rd September 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013T39

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: East Northamptonshire (District)
To be known as: Oundle

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
Current location: Oundle Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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