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Record ID: WAW-4E7480
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval (14th century) seal matrix: The matrix is a pyramid type, which has a circular base. The reverse of the matrix has a hexagonal sectioned stem which terminates with a circular loop and a collar below the loop. The underside of the matrix has a legend and central device. The legend is unclear. The device is the profile of an upright squirrel. The detail is not due to wear and corrosion. The surface of the matrix is abraded and has traces of a shiny mid green patina. It measures 20.03mm long, 15.47mm in diameter and weighs 5.42g. This is probably an impersonal matrix. From the…
Created on: Friday 21st September 2018
Last updated: Friday 21st September 2018
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Record ID: WAW-70FA05
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval (13th to 14th century) copper alloy seal matrix: The matrix is a variant of a pointed oval, flat-backed type which has a transverse ridge on the reverse, which tapers in profile. At the widest terminal of the ridge, there is a perforation in the upper corner. The underside of the matrix has a legend and central device. The legend, reads AVE MARIA GRACIA. The device is a multi-headed flower on a long stem. The surface of the matrix has a dark green patina which is slightly abraded. The matrix measures 28.39mm long, 16.59mm wide and 6.81mm thick. It weighs 4.98g. The legend t…
Created on: Monday 30th April 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: WAW-EBB775
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval (13th to 14th century) copper alloy seal matrix: The matrix is a variant of a flat-backed type which has a transverse ridge on the reverse, which tapers in profile. At the widest terminal of the ridge, there is an incomplete perforation in the upper corner. In plan the matrix is a pointed oval, although the edges are heavily abraded. The underside of the matrix has a legend and central device. The legend, possibly reads CREDE MIChI. The device is a crescent and a star. The surface of the matrix has an abraded mid green. The matrix measures 17.63mm long, 11.54mm wide and…
Created on: Saturday 10th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th February 2018
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Record ID: GLO-18EE8D
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Circular copper alloy pedestal type seal matrix. This has a hexagonal handle projecting from the rear of the matrix which is surmounted with a triangular loop with a circular hole in the centre. The matrix has a circular face that is heavily corroded, although the image of a hare riding a hound and blowing a horn is visible. Very little detail remains of the inscription, but what can be seen indicates that it should read [SOHOV ROBEN]. The recorder is indebted to Malcolm Jones for the identification of this artefact. Note: this images is incorrectly oriented, as the top of the seal m…
Created on: Wednesday 31st January 2018
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
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Record ID: WAW-0B8B85
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, (c.1200 - c.1400): The lead or lead alloy seal matrix is complete. The matrix is a pointed oval which has a flat back, but decorated with a bisecting ridge and two small angled ridges either side. The bisecting ridge has an integral, perforated lug at one terminal. The matrix is bent in profile through damage rather than intention. The device on the die of the matrix is a lis which fills the field. The legend reads + S' : MATIL' dIS : LE : BLAKE. The surface of the matrix is a light grey. The matrix measures 36.4mm long, 22.14mm wide, 6.13mm thick at the…
Created on: Friday 13th October 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th February 2018
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Record ID: WAW-A10000
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, (c.1200 - c.1400): The lead or lead alloy seal matrix is complete. The matrix is a pointed oval which has a flat back, but decorated with a bisecting ridge and angled ridges either side. The bisecting ridge has an integral, perforated lug at one terminal. The device on the die of the matrix is a flower composed of pointed lentoids which fill the field. The legend reads + S' MARGIRIE COLE. The surface of the matrix is a light grey. The matrix measures 32.82mm long, 21.08mm wide, 9.53mm thick and weighs 9.43g. Harvey and McGuinness (1996, 79) suggest that small …
Created on: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
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Record ID: WAW-A0F3D9
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (13th century) seal matrix: The lead seal matrix is circular and a flat-backed type which is decorated with a high-relief lis. At the edge, where the legend starts, there is a incomplete perforated lug. The underside has the legend and device which has been engraved. The device depicts a six-petalled flower with pointed lentoid leaves. This device is within a fine linear border which separates the device from the legend. The legend reads + SIGILL : WILLI LE DRAKE The matrix measures 29.69mm diameter, 33.79mm long, 6.43mm thick and weighs 28.4g. Based on the size of the ma…
Created on: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
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Record ID: WAW-A769C0
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, of Medieval date (c. 1300 - c.1400 AD). The copper alloy seal matrix has a circular die, with a tapering handle. The handle has a hexagonal cross section, and terminates with a sub-oval suspension loop, which has a collar beneath. There are no marks on any of the six sides to aid orientation during use. The device depicts a possible bird on a branch with a crescent above. The inscription is set outside an incomplete border, and is illegible. The surface of the matrix has a mottled dark green/brown coloured patina. The matrix measures 17.44mm long and 14.…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th June 2017
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Record ID: WAW-F01164
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (late 13thto early 14thcentury) seal matrix: The lead seal matrix is a flat-backed type which has an integral perforated lug positioned at the 12 o'clock position. A slender, rectangular rib bisects the reverse with an obliquely angled stranded either side starting at the lug. The matrix is oval in plan. The underside has the legend and device which has been cast and engraved. The device depicts a simplistic motif which is a crescent which is bisected with a linear groove. The device is within a border which separates the device from the legend. The legend is illegible. …
Created on: Friday 19th May 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th February 2018
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Record ID: WAW-7A2A3E
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval (17/18th centuries) cast copper alloy double ended seal matrix: Both ends of the matrix are oval in shape, one larger than the other. The larger one depicts what appears to be a double-headed eagle and the other possibly a bust with a beaded halo. The stem between the two matrices has a flat point quatrefoil with a central perforation. The surface of the artefact has red copper corrosion, an abraded surface and traces of a mid green patina. It measures 27.39mm long, 14.81mm wide, 12.88mm thick and weighs 4.94g. The matrix probably dates to the 17th to18th centur…
Created on: Monday 1st May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd May 2017
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Record ID: WMID-E1E450
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy seal matrix of Medieval date (c. AD 1300 - 1400). The matrix face is sub-circular in plan and pyramidal in profile. On the reverse is a hexagonal, faceted conical handle which tapers and terminates in a broken loop with a collar underneath. The face of the matrix face depicts a thin tailed animal, probably a squirrel, crouching to the left and a legend around the outside; the legend is nonsensical "AVAVAVAVA*". There is a linear abrasion on the reverse of the matrix which could indicate where the legends begins; it corresponds with the first "A" after the st…
Created on: Friday 31st March 2017
Last updated: Monday 24th April 2017
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Record ID: WAW-9E15A4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, of Medieval date (c. 1300 - c.1400 AD). The copper alloy seal matrix has a circular die, with a tapering handle. The handle has a hexagonal cross section, and terminates with a sub-oval suspension loop, which has a collar beneath. There are no marks on either of the six sides to aid orientation during use. The device depicts a squairrel sat on its haunches, facing left with pointed ears. The inscription is set outside an incomplete linear border, and reads * PRIVE SV which translates as 'I am private'. The surface of the matrix has a mottled dark green/b…
Created on: Thursday 26th January 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th February 2017
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Record ID: WAW-DAAE07
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A complete silver seal matrix with an oval die and a short oval sectioned stem. The stem terminates with a collar and above a trefoil shaped handle with perforations in each leaf. The upper leaf is decorated with a small integral knop at the apex. The die depicts a probable merchants mark which consists of a vertical stem with two horizontal bars towards the upper edge. Each bar has a cross at each terminal. The lower terminal of the stem terminates with two saltires. The surface of the seal matrix is tarnished and slightly abraded. Dimensions: Length: 21.62mm Width:…
Created on: Thursday 17th November 2016
Last updated: Friday 3rd August 2018
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Record ID: WAW-D96073
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (13th century) seal matrix: The lead seal matrix is circular and a flat-backed type which is undecorated and without a perforated lug on the back. The underside has the legend and device which has been cast and engraved. The device depicts an unusual and crude possible G whose terminals end with three strands. There are small spurs protruding from the exterior surface. This device is within a border which separates the device from the legend. The legend reads + SIGILL' : RICARDI : F : MATR' The matrix measures 34.46mm diameter, 3.23mm thick and weighs 27.5g. Based …
Created on: Thursday 17th November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 28th June 2017
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Record ID: WAW-F0A7E2
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval (late 13thto early 14thcentury) seal matrix: The lead seal matrix is a flat-backed type which has an integral perforated lug positioned at the 12 o'clock position. A slender, rectangular rib bisects the reverse starting at the lug. The matrix is circular in plan. The underside has the legend and device which has been cast and engraved. The device depicts a Lombardic E with a rounded back and is closed with a fine horizontal crescent below. Note on the impression the E is reversed. This device is within a border which separates the device from the legend. The legend reads…
Created on: Monday 13th June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 30th June 2016
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Record ID: WMID-9691CB
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete copper-alloy fob seal of the late Post Medieval period, dating from circa AD 1750 - AD 1900. At the top of the object is a circular suspension loop set at a right angle to the object with a circular perforation through it from front to back (diameter: 2.9 mm), with a circular knop at the apex. The handle below the loop is of an openwork design consisting of a C-scroll with inward-turning scrolled ends meeting at a boss which is decorated with grooves to resemble a tiny scallop shell. The arms of the handle have been decorated with incised diagonal lines at the top. Below…
Created on: Thursday 9th June 2016
Last updated: Friday 12th August 2016
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Record ID: WAW-4EC565
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, (c.1200 - c.1400): The lead or lead alloy seal matrix is almost complete with a fragment of the lug missing The matrix is a pointed oval which is convex on the matrix face and concave on the upper face. The matrix has a flat back which has a rectangular ridge running the length of the matrix and one terminal having an incomplete lug. The position of the lug also marks the start of the legend on the reverse. The device on the die of the matrix is a cross with a lentoid protruding from each corner. The cross appears to be made of a plait or respresenting long ears …
Created on: Monday 18th April 2016
Last updated: Thursday 30th June 2016
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Record ID: WAW-DA28F3
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval (13th to 14th century) impersonal seal matrix: The copper alloy seal matrix has an oval die, with a tapering handle. The handle has a hexagonal cross section, and terminates with a trefoil suspension loop, which has a collar beneath. There are no marks on either of the six sides to aid orientation during use. The die depicts a standing female figure on the left of the impresseion. The figure is wearing headwear with is possibly a crown with flaring sides and a central stem. There is a headdress which is draped from the back of the crown and falls down her back. The female …
Created on: Friday 12th February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th May 2016
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Record ID: WAW-88CDA4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval (16th to 17th centuries) personal seal matrix: The lead or lead alloy seal matrix has an oval die, with a tapering handle. The handle has an oval cross section, and terminates with a flattened drop terminal. The edges of the die are abraded and cracked. The die depicts the initials W G with a star above and below. The surface of the matrix has a light grey patina which is abraded. The seal matrix measures 20.77mm tall, 16.74mm long across the die, 14.16mm wide across the die and weighs 7.25g. The matrix is a personal matrix, which may be a mass produced type. It proba…
Created on: Monday 8th February 2016
Last updated: Monday 27th June 2016
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Record ID: WAW-F333EC
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix, (c.1200 - c.1400): An incomplete circular lead or lead alloy seal matrix. The matrix is slightly crumpled and c. 20% is missing leaving a ragged and possibly torn edge. This edge has the same surface as the rest of the matrix, which is an oxidised cream colour, implying the damage was not recent. The matrix is a flat-backed type with no evidence of a lug, which may have been on the missing section. The underside of the matrix has a legend and central device. The legend is incomplete and reads PAROChIA[ ]EBOR. The device is unclear, but possibly depicts a standing…
Created on: Monday 1st February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th May 2016
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