LEIC-3EA7E6: Medieval copper alloy seal matrix

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Unique ID: LEIC-3EA7E6

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Medieval copper alloy seal matrix, 17mm in length, and 20mm in diameter with a weight of 8.23grams.

The matrix consists of a triangular shaped, hexagonal cross sectioned shaft which terminates with a raised rounded collar sitting below the now incomplete suspension loop. This widens to form a circular matrix which shows a fox with one foreleg raised with a chicken on its back . The inscription is not as well preserved as the motif and may read (S) IGILE ROLAND HEN

Malcolm Jones comments 'In DBS s.n. Henn, Reaney gives 13C examples of this surname, modern Henn. The fact that the fox has a chicken in its jaws and slung over its shoulders then explains the appropriateness of the pictorial device!'

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Weight: 8.23 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Joyce Lee
Identified by: Wendy Scott
Secondary identifier: Dr Malcolm Jones

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: Derbyshire Dales (District)
Parish or ward: Middleton and Smerrill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1862
Four figure Latitude: 53.15483204
Four figure longitude: -1.7322839
1:25K map: SK1862
1:10K map: SK16SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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