LEIC-8AEB09: post medieval silver seal matrix

Rights Holder: Leicestershire County Council
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Unique ID: LEIC-8AEB09

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

The matrix has a tri-lobed terminal with a knop at its apex and small projections at the side (one at each upper side of a lobe) and one at each side where it joins the shaft. It sits upon a raised collar of three bands which has a short hexagonal tapering shaft below. This expands to form an oval shaped matrix surface which is engraved with an armorial shield set in a beaded recessed border.

The arms are quartered and are 1st and 4th , on a chevron between three animals's heads erased, a mullet enclosed by two crescents; 2nd and 3rd, two bars.

Above the shield the crest displays, on either side of the helm, ornate mantling which spills down outside of the shield. Out of the helm is what appears to be a demi-ram. Efforts to trace the individual to whom the arms were ascribed have so far been unsuccessful, though the Drakelow family in the south of the county had arms reminiscent of some of these elements - Argent on a chevron gules between three hawk's heads erased as many crescents of the first (Papworth, 1874: 525; Clive Cheesman, pers. comm.), as does Barcroft of Meer Green, Worcestershire - Sable on a chevron between three wolf's heads erased argent a mullet enclosed by two crescents gules (Papworth, ibid).

Discussion: The object is similar to BERK-F2BBDD, WAW-3A8C15 and WAW-872E38 all of which have been dated to the 17th century.


The object is made of silver and over 300 years old. Therefore, it constitutes potential Treasure under the Treasure Act (1996).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T424


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23 mm
Width: 19 mm
Thickness: 16 mm
Weight: 7.72 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 7th April 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2018T424

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District)
Parish or ward: Peckleton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK4601
Four figure Latitude: 52.60484454
Four figure longitude: -1.32219656
1:25K map: SK4601
1:10K map: SK40SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: About one month ago

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