LVPL-00F0F7: Post-medieval seal matrix

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Unique ID: LVPL-00F0F7

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

A silver seal matrix dating from the 17th or early 18th century.

The matrix face is oval and the conical handle has six facets. The terminal of the handle is an openwork tri-lobed suspension loop, the top loop of which is incomplete. There is a thick hexagonal double collar between the loop and the shaft.

The matrix face has a beaded border and the central design is of a crown over a heart pierced by two crossed arrows. There is a very small rounded symbol in each angle of the arrows, except the angle filled by the crown. These are probably intended to be drops of blood, making it a bleeding heart design.

The imagery on the die resembles that on late 17th -early 18th Century buttons and cufflinks, see TAR 2005-6, nos. 615-6. This would seem to be the right dating for this decorative fob seal.

Dimensions: 15mm in length, 9mm in width (face of seal matrix), 0.50g

Discussion: This type of seal matrix is a personal seal, used for the closing of letters and correspondence. Lewis (2014) discusses the imagery of a bleeding heart and suggests that it depicts the sacred heart, representing Christ's divine love for humanity. The style and imagery used on the matrix suggests it dates to the 17th century. There are many other seal matrices with this imagery recorded on the PAS database, including LVPL-B42673 (2015 T571), HESH-24B3F6 (2013 T307), SUR-8FAA47 (2013 T712), SOM-E0E705 (2010 T785) DOR-455AD3 (2011 T372), SWYOR-2F5652 (2011 T423), SOM-46A145, SUR-2ABDA7, SUSS-8A6B12 (2009 T27), SWYOR-6F43F2 (2011 T528), and PAS-8E6B26 (2005 T491).

Conclusion: 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: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15 mm
Width: 9 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Saturday 3rd December 2016

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Stoke upon Tern

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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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