KENT-D4EAC4: Seal Matrix, medieval

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Unique ID: KENT-D4EAC4

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A cast and engraved incomplete Medieval copper-alloy pointed oval seal matrix.

Description: The matrix consists of a flat oval die face. The Die has a central incised design of a 'fleur de lis'. the bottom part of the fleur de lis has a circular drilled cell possibly voiding the matrix or creating a cell for a lost roman intaglio gem, now lost. There is a plain line border around the design then the inscription starting with a cross potent and reading '+S'WILLI. DE LA RIBE'. The flat back has bevelled edges and a is a raised rib running down the centre which expanded into a pierced lug at the top. The matrix is patinated mid green with some mottled light brown and green patches

Measurements: 29.20mm long, 17.74mm wide, 10.66mm thick (including suspension loop, 3.28mm without) and 8.97g in weight.

Discussion: This matrix fits with a group of commonly reported simple non-heraldic personal seal matrices dating to the 13th - mid 14th (Harvey and McGuinness 1996. 79-80). The matrix's legend appears to be in medieval Anglo-French with, not unusually a B in place of a V, so would fully read 'Sigilium William de la rive'. This translates as 'Seal of William of the shore/river bank'

Class: Flat
Sub class: Non-Heraldic personal
Inscription: +WILL'I.DE LA RIBE

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.2 mm
Width: 17.74 mm
Thickness: 10.66 mm
Weight: 8.97 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Canterbury (District)
Parish or ward: Littlebourne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2058
Four figure Latitude: 51.27864492
Four figure longitude: 1.15305937
1:25K map: TR2058
1:10K map: TR25NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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