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    • Created after: Saturday 1st January 2005
    • Created before: Saturday 31st December 2005
    • Object type: SEAL MATRIX
    • Institution: BH

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Record ID: BH-ADB501
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A lead personal seal matrix of probable 13th century AD date. The die is circular and contains the central image of a fleur-de-lis within a circular border. The legend does not start at the top of the design and reads + S:RICI.SCORICh. On the reverse is a small lug handle. The object is corroded. It measures 19.7mm in diameter by 7.3mm thick and weighs 6.3g.
Created on: Thursday 22nd December 2005
Last updated: Friday 20th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kensworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-18C6B0
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead personal seal matrix of mid to late 13th century date. The seal die is pointed-oval and flat, and has a projection at the top containing a horizontal attachment hole. The object is worn, bent and corroded. It measures 44.1mm high by 25.5mm wide and 5.6mm thick. The central image sits within an indented border and, when printed, depicts a man standing on the left hand end of a boat, facing right and steering the boat with a long rudder pole. A second figure, possibly a child, sits at the centre of the boat. The legend runs around the outside and reads: SIG.........N.S.BARVN (one…
Created on: Thursday 15th December 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 25th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Royston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-840BC4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Approximately two thirds of a heavily corroded and damaged vessica-shaped lead seal matrix of probable mid to late 13th century AD date. The central image appears to depict a fleur-de-lis and the illegible legend runs around the outside. On the reverse there is only a remnant of the lug handle. The object measures 23.8mm long by 19.1mm wide and 3.7mm thick. It weighs 9.41g.
Created on: Thursday 8th December 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Baldock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-C6B861
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A lead seal matrix of probable early 13th century AD date. The object consists of a circular disc measuring 33.5mm in diameter by 2.6mm thick and with a suspension loop at the top. The corroded and damaged disc has a central image of a fleur-de-lys (with a distinctive central feather or beech-leaf design) within a circular line border. When printed, the legend runs clockwise and reads: + S:WILLELMI:CLERICI (seal of William Clark). Overall, the object measures 46.5mm high by 33.5mm wide and weighs 18.92g.
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2005
Last updated: Friday 20th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bedford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-C37C34
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper-alloy pointed-oval seal matrix of probable mid to late 13th century AD date. It has a central image of a neatly engraved detailed fleur-de-lis. On the reverse is a central rib and a circular lug, which is located at the bottom, suggesting that the central motif was added upside down.The legend runs clockwise when printed, starting at the top of the fleur-de-lis; there is no initial mark. It has been read as SIG RAN LE COLTE (seal of Ran Le Colte, with Ran identified as a French forename) but there is an apostrophe after the S and the G looks more like a C or and E. The L of …
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Foxley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-102C20
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A vessica-shaped lead seal matrix of probable mid to late 13th century AD date. The object is heavily worn and corroded and is crudely-made. The central image depicts a fleur-de-lys and the legend around the outside appears to read: + S'EL.......FRICA. On the reverse, a central rib terminates at the top in a lug handle with a central hole. The object measures 34mm high by 21.5mm wide and 5.4mm thick. The weight of the object is 17g.
Created on: Thursday 27th October 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kensworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-E3FCD2
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A lead seal matrix of probable mid to late 13th century AD date. A vessica-shaped personal seal matrix of Richardi Clerich. The object is slightly bent, worn and corroded. It measures 30.6mm long by 22.2mm wide and 3.2mm thick. The central image of a fleur-de-lys sits within an indented border. When printed, the legend runs clockwise and reads: + SIGILL.RICARDI CLERICI. The name Clerici derives from Clerk, meaning a book keeper or member of the clergy. This form of the name, along with several variations, came to designate any literate man and was widely adopted as a surname. The m…
Created on: Tuesday 25th October 2005
Last updated: Monday 19th October 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Baldock area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-5877F4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and distorted medieval lead-alloy seal matrix. The matrix is pointed-oval in plan, with an engraved fleur-de-lis device at the centre of its die. The legend surrounds this design and, when printed, appears to extend clockwise from 12 o'clock. Damage has rendered this legend largely indecipherable and the only legible part is the beginning, which reads ' +S' ('Seal of'). A moulded latin cross decorates the reverse of the matrix, surmounted by a perforated lug handle, and an angled rim marks the perimeter. Height:36.3mm; width: 22.8mm; thickness: 3.4mm. Weight:12.35g. A…
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
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Record ID: BH-D1D3B3
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead seal matrix of medieval date. Personal seal, probably dating from the 12th to 13th century AD. The object is vesica-shaped and measures 37mm long by 23mm wide and 2mm thick. It has a central image of an eight-pointed star and a deeply-incised legend around the outside, which reads: "X S'SIMON - WITTARC" (Seal of Simon Wittarc). On the reverse is the raised design of a sword-shaped cross. This extends the whole length of the seal and at one end there is a squashed suspension lug with a central circular hole. The object is slightly bent and corroded. It weighs 12.91g.
Created on: Wednesday 13th April 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Astwick', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-B0DBB5
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy seal matrix of medieval date. Non-heraldic seal probably dating from the 14th century. The die is circular and measures 18.7mm in diameter. The handle tapers upwards and is hexagonal in section. The terminal has three lobes and a central circular hole. The seal has a central image of a cross and a single wavy line below and, below this, the letters "IHS". The legend reads "EST AMOR MEVS", which translates as "Jesus is my friend". The object is slightly bent but is otherwise in good condition. It measures 27.7mm high and weighs 9.27g.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd February 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lidlington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-B8CAC5
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead seal matrix of medieval date. An unusually small non-heraldic personal seal probably dating from the mid to late 13th century AD. The object is of a pointed oval shape and measures just 23.3mm high by 13.8mm wide and 2.8mm thick. It is corroded but has little wear and produces a good print. The central panel has a simple design consisting of a single, vertically orientated branch. The legend reads: + S'REG[?]FILGILB. It is possible that this is a fictitious name (possibly designed for a child ?). There is a small and corroded unpierced lug handle which is located at one of the …
Created on: Saturday 29th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Odell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-B84392
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy seal matrix of medieval date. Personal seal, possibly of John or Johan Marchis, dating from the fourteenth century AD. The printing face is circular and measures 25.2mm in diameter. It is slightly worn and corroded. The printed image shows a flower or star with four petals or points of equal dimensions. The central image is contained within a circular border and is a monogram with the stylised letters "I" and "M" laid back to back. These are evidently the initials of the owner. Within each of the four petals is a different picture. These are unclear but some appear to s…
Created on: Saturday 29th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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