LVPL-ED9690: Medieval seal matrix

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Unique ID: LVPL-ED9690

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A lead seal matrix dating to the Medieval period, c.13th century. It is pointed oval and flat, and now worn. The central device is a star, pattern or perhaps a flower, of eight radiating lines. Four (at the cardinal points) are simple lines but the ones in the angles are nail-like, each ending in a crossbar. Surrounding this is a worn groove.

Beyond the groove is the legend, apparently well engraved but now worn and shallow and difficult to read. It certainly begins + S'. (Seal [of...]), indicating that it was a personal seal bearing a name. The rest is not legible from the photo alone.

The rear of the object is slightly concave in the centre and is undecorated. At the top of the object is a projecting lug which is incomplete and would have acted as a handle. The object has a light white patina. Dimensions: 21mm in length, 16mm in width, 4.5mm thick (at handle), 5.7g in weight.

Seal matrices bearing names were most common in the 13th century.

Inscription: + S'.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm
Weight: 5.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2014 - Saturday 30th August 2014

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Gawsworth

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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