BERK-2BC335: Post-medieval seal matrix: Silver seal matrix

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Unique ID: BERK-2BC335

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TREASURE CASE 2016 T764. A slightly damaged silver seal matrix of post-medieval date. The matris has an oval base which is incised with an heraldic lion rampant within a coiled border. The handle of the matrix reduces from a hexagonally faceted base into a collared shank topped by an openwork trefoil handle. Each foil has a small knop on its outer edge. This is a generic seal matrix rather than a personal seal and could have been bought 'off-the-shelf'. It dates from c. 17th century AD.


Similar items in form have been recorded on the PAS database: BH-ECDDF1 (2015T439), BUC-99256E (2015 T177), FAKL-B5F763 (2012 T477) and DOR-0D2272 (2013 T137).


Consequently, 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.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T764


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.1 mm
Height: 22.1 mm
Width: 13.7 mm
Weight: 5.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 5th August 2015

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2016.376
Treasure case number: 2016T764

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Hampton Gay and Poyle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4816
Four figure Latitude: 51.84054926
Four figure longitude: -1.30470039
1:25K map: SP4816
1:10K map: SP41NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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