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    • Broad period: MEDIEVAL
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    • Object type: SEAL MATRIX

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Record ID: WILT-AD32B6
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy seal matrix with a circular die and hexagonally-faceted handle, terminating in a pierced lozenge above a triple-ridged moulded collar. The object stands 26.56mm in height and weighs 10.87g. The die measures 18.99mm in diameter. The die bears a legend, perhaps + I.NhI:ILDIN , around the letter h with two + signs vertically arranged just in front of it. The I.Nh may be a form of 'John'. The 'I:' may be an 'A' and the 'IL' (before DIN) may also read 'II.' or 'LI'
Created on: Monday 9th July 2012
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Breamore', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-577293
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy circular seal matrix, depicting a central bust facing left (right in the impression) with a star above and to either side. Around is the inscription S'RADVLFI:TVRAVDV To the reverse, behind the start of the legend, is a pierced D-shaped lug (the piercing is circular and 2.49mm in diameter). Extending below this to the opposite edge is a raised, narrowing ridge. The seal matrix measures 23.77mm in diameter, is 8.96mm thick (with loop; without loop the matrix is 3.11mm thick) and weighs 9.86g. Although earlier in date than this seal matrix, the …
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2012
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Breamore', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-B15673
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) lead circular seal matrix, very crude and worn and depicting a possible animal at the centre and an inscription around, reading + SIGI ?L (although this could be the back leg of the animal) ?H : The edges are mostly missing through damage and wear. With the cross set at 9 o'clock, the legend begins just after 12 o'clock and finishes at 6 o'clock. This also means that if the central device is a four legged animal with only its two forelegs on display, it would be the right way up. However the large egg-shaped head appears to have a tail (left) and head with cur…
Created on: Friday 15th June 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-9EFED6
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy seal matrix with an oval-shaped die and hexagonally-faceted handle, terminating in a pierced lozenge above a moulded ridge. The object stands 19.54mm in height and weighs 6.03g. The die measures 19.20x14.26mm. The die bears the legend * AVE DOMINA' within a beaded border and set around a central head facing right. On the other side of the die are two linear grooves to help site the matrix (either side of the '*').
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-30D1F1
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) lead circular seal matrix, depicting a central fleur-de-lis with elongated central stem, around which is the inscription + S'WILLI SV[.]HAMCOC To the reverse, behind the start of the legend, is a pierced triangular lug (the piercing is oval and c.3x2mm). Extending below this and to either side are traces of a raised, moulded design - two loops each with an arc inside and below two curlicues, curling inwards. It measures 31.65mm in diameter, is 7.09mm thick (with loop; without loop the matrix is 2.83mm thick) and weighs 14.2g. The matrix has a crack at one ed…
Created on: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Last updated: Friday 27th November 2015
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Record ID: WILT-7F8376
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy seal matrix with a pointed oval-shaped die and pierced lug to the reverse, measuring 32.04x19.78x(max)7.51mm and weighing 9.2g. The seal matrix depicts Mary seated on a throne with the Christ child. Below, another figure prays - probably the seal's owner. Around, the inscription reads +S'IOh'IS:FIL':ROB'ARNEVET This translates as the Seal of John, Son of Robert Arnevet. Arnevet is Hebrew for hare or rabbit and is mentioned in the Torah (the five books of Moses that begin the Hebrew bible) as an animal that chews the cud. This may have relevance t…
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Broughton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-7DE9C1
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1250-1300) copper alloy seal matrix with a pointed oval-shaped die and pierced lug to the reverse, measuring 30.81x18.41x(max)6.25mm and weighing 5.7g. The seal matrix depicts a facing female standing figure, her hair in a ramshorn style (with rolled plaits over both ears) with long skirts and buttoned top and holding a bird (possibly a hawk) in one hand and possibly a rabbit in other. The face has a slight rise (in the impression) for the nose, but is otherwise flat, probably through wear. The inscription reads *IE SV y SE L D'AMVR LEL which roughly translates as 'I am…
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Last updated: Thursday 9th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-6DC845
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy seal matrix with hexagon-shaped die and hexagonally-faceted handle, terminating in a pierced lozenge. The object stands 19.97mm in height and weighs 7.7g. The die measures 15.24x17.10mm. The die bears the legend S'. h DEPEChy . ChI' * (Seal of H De Pechy, possibly from somewhere abbreviated to ChI - Chippenham?) around a central fleur de lis. Below the fleur de lis is a horizontal platform with three radiating lines from the centre. On the other side of the die are three tiny circular punch marks (between the * and S') to help site the matrix. …
Created on: Tuesday 25th October 2011
Last updated: Thursday 16th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Everleigh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-FA76D3
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete medieval copper alloy seal matrix, probably dating to the 13th century. It is missing its handle (old break) and the die is missing a small part of the edge. The object measures 17.77mm in diameter and stands 6.86mm high. It weighs 5.03g. The seal has a circular die and the stump of the handle is hexagonal in cross-section. The die depicts a quatrefoil with vein detail in each foil, above a U- or V-shaped pot (compare the central motif of IHS-7B9D32). Around, set between beaded lines, is an inscription which reads: S'AMIC[ ... ].ROPLERS* (suggested by Laura Burnett, So…
Created on: Thursday 1st September 2011
Last updated: Thursday 19th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Broughton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-D329B2
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1400) lead circular seal matrix, measuring 25.64mm in diameter and weighing 10.6g. It has a triangular unpierced lug at the reverse, behind the top of the seal matrix, 10.08mm deep. The seal matrix reads S'ED ?W ROI LEBIN around a central foliate sprig. (Seal of ?Edward of ? ) The reverse of the seal matrix has a raised, moulded inverted fleur-de-lis below the triangular projection, the ends of which kink outwards to the edge of the matrix. Cherry (1997, p.124) states that: "There was a widespread fashion among all classes for sealing, from…
Created on: Wednesday 26th May 2010
Last updated: Friday 28th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Corsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-14C254
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval (c.1200-1500) copper alloy circular seal matrix with conical handle, damaged around the sides of the matrix and along the conical handle.  It stands 18.82mm high and weighs 4.3g. The matrix measures 18.51mm in diameter. The matrix is extremely worn and seems to depict two figures, one possibly kneeling, the other bending forwards. The legend is mostly missing and the surviving letters very worn,   ]?V E/A ?C[   just possibly some form of AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA. The conical handle is faceted and hexagonal in cross-section. Although it swells towards t…
Created on: Wednesday 5th May 2010
Last updated: Friday 7th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-01D6B2
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (1200-1500) copper alloy flat circular seal matrix, with an integral worn loop to the reverse. It measures 27.29mm in diameter and weighs 12.37g. It is 3.42mm in thickness, increasing to 9.12mm with the inclusion of the loop. The matrix depicts a triangular-shaped shield at its centre with a group of three oval leaves both above and to one side. To the other side is a spear. The shield is divided in two vertically with a different design on either resulting side. One has two diagonal lines either side of a central horizontal, all eminating from the the same point. The ot…
Created on: Tuesday 4th May 2010
Last updated: Monday 12th September 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Broughton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-B458D1
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead circular Seal Matrix of Medieval date (13th-14th century), with badly damaged edge and missing its loop. It measures 31.74mm in diameter, 5.01mm in thickness and weighs 22.1g. The matrix is flat on the underside with edges angled slightly outwards as they extend upwards (some parts of the edges are (recently) damaged). There is a raised lump at one part of the edge, possibly the remains of a lost loop. The die features a central eight-petalled flower (or starburst?) with a tiny pellet at the end of each pointed-oval petal. The design is surrounded by a pers…
Created on: Tuesday 6th April 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 7th April 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Devizes', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-090CD8
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Medieval copper alloy pointed-oval seal matrix set within a silver mount, and with a Roman carnelian intaglio at the centre within a silver surround. It measures 27.37mm in length, 23.21mm in max.width and 10.69mm in max.thickness. It weighs 10.23g. The legend reads + AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA between two lines of circular punches. The intaglio, which is oval in shape and slightly damaged to one end, lies at 90degrees to the + at the start of the legend. The intaglio depicts a horned animal (a stag?) and another animal walking left, towards the + of the legend. It measures 11.56x10.1…
Created on: Monday 29th March 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 29th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Marlborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-3CC956
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval (c.1200 - 1350) copper alloy circular Seal Matrix with hexagonal conical handle, missing just less than half of the circular face and the (probable) loop terminal of the handle. It weighs 11.42g and has a diameter of 25.54mm. It stands 18.17mm to the break at the terminal. The matrix depicts a central shield decorated with two-and-a-half (of three) fleur de lys above and below a central horizontal band decorated with a line of XXXX etc. To one side of the shield is foliate, curlicue decoration with a lis projecting from the centre. The legend reads S[...]D…
Created on: Monday 30th November 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-CC56D3
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead pointed-oval seal matrix, measuring 40.78x25.83x3.74mm and weighing 23.97g. Thickness inclusive of loop 9.56mm. The matrix depicts a central figure, facing, tonsured (so presumably a monk or priest) and holding a ?harp in both hands across the chest. The inscription is too corroded to read. Pointed-oval seal matrices such as this date to the 13th/ 14th century.
Created on: Wednesday 7th October 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-5B9475
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead pointed oval seal matrix, worn and measuring 31.33x19.34x4.25mm and weighing 9.07g. The matrix depicts a central decorative floral design of a circular pellet with two opposing pointed ovals (with central pointed oval-shaped pellets) above and below, and a projection to right and left. The legend, which is rather worn, is S'A[-]ENOVI[-]EN[-]OLE.+ The reverse of the matrix, slightly smaller than the other face with sloping sides, is decorated with a moulded fleur-de-lis extending upside down from the base of the loop (which has a 22.27mm diameter piercing). 13th/…
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 25th October 2016
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Record ID: WILT-4B4401
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete and probably Medieval lead seal matrix, probably originally circular, with a c.5mm diameter hole pierced close to one edge. It weighs 45.77g and measures 41.57x33.21x5.24mm. Its original diameter would have been circa 42mm. One side is smooth and plain while the other has the inscription [...]IMPER[...]L around the edge, with possibly a double-stranded cross at the centre (although only a very small part remains). Laura Burnett, FLO for Sussex, comments: Simper is, I'm guessing, a mis-spelling of semper (always). Two known seal matrices using 'simper' are Oculi mei sim…
Created on: Monday 19th January 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 25th October 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: WILT-09BA00
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy pointed oval non-heraldic personal seal matrix, measuring 31.4x19.8x3.3mm and weighing 12.09g. The loop on the reverse has a piercing 2.3mm in diameter. The matrix depicts a pelican in her piety (feeding her young with the blood dripping from her own breast) with the (lombardic) legend *SVM PELICANVS DEI: around (the bar of the N is backwards) - 'I am the Pelican of God'. The pelican in her piety was a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice; it is one of the religious motifs which were popular during the 14th century. The reverse has a raised, flat central rib wi…
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-3148B4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy pointed oval seal matrix, measuring 31.2x19.1mm and weighing 6.43g. It is 2mm thick. The matrix depicts a crowned Madonna feeding child ('Maria Lactans') above an arch, below which a figure faces left, praying. A comparison for this image can be seen on a seal matrix from Dunnington, North Yorkshire, IHS-E06142. The motif is one of the most popular images of the Virgin Mary during the 14th and 15th century, and disappears around 1550. The legend, especially the second half, is extremely worn: SIGILL SI ..... I The reverse of the seal matrix has a pierced,…
Created on: Friday 1st August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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