BH-B78AB8: 13th C. seal and seal matrix

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Unique ID: BH-B78AB8

Object type certainty: Certain
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Circular lead seal matrix of medieval date. A non-heraldic, personal seal which probably dates from the mid 13th C. AD. The object measures 33mm diameter by 4.8mm thick and weighs 38.33g. It has suffered badly from corrosion and the legend is unclear. The central design sits within a circular border and is a fairly crudely executed fleur-de-lis pattern. The legend is unclear but appears to read: "[S]IGILLU[M] SIUV....." The lettering is poorly executed and heavily damaged. The reverse of the piece is plain, with no evidence of a handle.

Inscription: [S]IGILLU[M] SIUV.....

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1225
Date to: Circa AD 1275

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 38.33 g
Diameter: 33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 10th August 2004

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Luton museum entry no. 1035

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Luton (Unitary Authority)
District: Luton (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0923
Four figure Latitude: 51.8949
Four figure longitude: -0.417361
1:25K map: TL0923
1:10K map: TL02SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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