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    • Primary material: Silver
    • Object type: SEAL MATRIX

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Record ID: GLO-C9E9FD
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Silver seal matrix that has a tapering hexagonal handle projecting from the rear. The handle is surmounted by a truncated suspension loop that only retains the lower quarter. Below is a triple banded collar separating the loop and the shaft. The sub-circular matrix has the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child, Mary is seen waring a wimple and long gown with detailed fold throughout. Jesus is resting on her right hip and looking up to his mothers face. Both are flanked by two small rose plants depicted as two shot stems surmounted by quatrefoils to the left and one to the right. Running…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th July 2019
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Record ID: BERK-FA5F35
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: An incomplete post-medieval silver seal matrix dating to 17th-18th century. The seal matrix has an openwork handle and an oval die depicting a bird holding an olive branch in its beak. The handle is hexagonal and faceted with concave edges. The upper part of the handle has open work decoration but due to damage it is bent and the lower left foil has broken apart. It has a height of 14.3mm. The handle has a circular suspension loop at the top which has an internal diameter of 3mm. At the apex is a small oval knop. The suspension loop is attached to the openwork foils whic…
Created on: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 16th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Woolhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-67AC63
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Medway
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast and engraved 18th century seal matrix Description: The matrix has a thin oval die face. The reverse of the die has small stepped back formed by two additional ovals overlain on the reverse. The handle is soldered to the reverse and is incomplete having been damaged in the recent past. The die face has a three masted ship in full sail right with high aft and fore pennants all set within a circle. Measurements: 19.3mm long, 16.3mm wide, 8.33mm and (with remains of handle, 1.86mm without) and 4.41g in weight Discussion: This seal fits a group of mostly 18th century s…
Created on: Thursday 23rd May 2019
Last updated: Thursday 23rd May 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-BA6B45
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete post-medieval silver seal matrix of pedestal or fob form, dating to c. AD 1600 - 1700. The object comprises an oval face with a fluted handle positioned centrally at the back. The handle tapers to a circular suspension loop, which is collared and topped with a knop. The design on the face is of a stag's head (left) on a square shield. The stag's antlers have six tynes apiece. The square shield is set within a raised oval, leaving a recessed border around the edge of the face. Overall length: 18.48mm; Length of the face: 16.50; Width of the face: 14.69mm; Weight: 5.75g. There…
Created on: Friday 15th March 2019
Last updated: Monday 3rd June 2019
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Record ID: NARC-ED1100
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete silver Seal Matrix of Medieval date (AD 1250-1400). The object is composed of a hexagonal die face with a raised outer linear border. One face retains the incised inscription and inner depiction. The opposing face the handle of loop portion is missing, exposing an inner core of copper alloy. This face has a broadly hexagonal due to the folds in the silver sheet. The centre has a slightly concave area with green copper alloy corrosion by-product due to the loss of the handle or loop. The inscribed face reads PENSEXZ DE‚ó¶NAY in retrograde which is a form of the French for …
Created on: Monday 28th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 5th April 2019
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Record ID: PAS-05D58A
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Silver seal matrix: a sub-oval shaped face is backed by a stem that tapers into a hexagonal column, out of which sprouts two scrolls that curl under themselves. Two opposing curls attach above these, such that there is a void in the middle of the stem. At the top of the handle is a circular attachment loop. The face is inscribed with a grooved circumferential line, within which are a coat-of-arms. These are composed of a shield divided per chevron upon which are three animal or bird heads (ducks?) erased. Above the shield is a helm and a crest featuring the same animal or bird. The su…
Created on: Thursday 17th January 2019
Last updated: Thursday 21st March 2019
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Record ID: LIN-7D66E6
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Treasure reference 2018 T1048. Description: a post-medieval silver seal matrix. The seal has an incomplete looped handle, which probably once comprised three loops; only the lower half of two survive. A shank of square section extends below the loops.The centre of the shank is decorated with an oval reel. The face of the seal is octagonal and decorated with a recessed rope-like perimeter. Within the border is a large eagle shown standing in profile to the right. The eagle's wings are semi-outstretched, while the head is looking down towards a slender object on which the eagle stands. …
Created on: Friday 23rd November 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd June 2019
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Record ID: BH-99EC52
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete silver seal matrix dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1600-1700). The matrix possesses an oval shaped die and a broadly trefoil shaped openwork handle consisting of two circles either side of a sub-trapezoidal section which extends to two incomplete circles. In-between this extends an inverted tear-drop surrounded by a circular knop. The die, attached to the handle by a narrowed circular sectioned stem, depicts a bird in the centre facing right with its right leg raised and a sprig in its beak within a plain-lined circumferential boarder. The seal matrix measures 27.5…
Created on: Friday 19th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 25th February 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-73DC5C
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A silver post-medieval heraldic seal matrix of perhaps 17th century date with an oval-shaped matrix. Slightly smaller and centrally placed is the hexagonally-faceted base of the handle terminating, beyond a double rib moulding, in a broadly trefoil-shaped flat openwork handle of two circles, a knop on their outside edges, either side of a sub-trapezoidal area, with the three further circles above. The outer two circles have worn at their outside edges and the central circular is larger and presumably acted as the main suspension point. The matrix depicts, within a rope-like boundary of…
Created on: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kimpton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-8C1888
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A silver Post Medieval silver seal matrix with an openwork handle. The handle is flat and thinly rectangular in profile, 2.2mm thick by 10.3mm wide at its widest point, narrowing to the tip. The form of the handle is scrollwork in the shape of a lyre, with a pair of curved tendrils meeting at a suspension loop which itself is in the form of a pair of tendrils or other floral elements which meet at an apical knop. The die is oval, measuring 15.1mm by 13.1mm and depicts a draped bust of a young man or woman, facing left, wearing a cap or hat decorated with a waffle pattern. This hat has…
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
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Record ID: NLM-24370A
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Silver seal matrix fragment. Cast oval matrix with the worn remnants of eight facets on its back, broken at a collar close to the narrowest point of a tapered handle of medieval style. The matrix bears the image of a naturalistically rendered crowned king's head with luxuriantly flowing locks and beard on a horizontal bar of heraldic style, all below a separate coronet adorned with four rounded jewels. While silver matrices became fashionable from c.1625, a vogue for historical characters as the engraved subject, on cameo seals at least, is later, from c.1775 (Bryon Pateman 2008, An Il…
Created on: Friday 7th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 7th September 2018
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Record ID: SUR-36D8C9
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval seal matrix dating to the 13th - 14th century, which appears to be made of solid silver and weighs 9.2g. The object has a die face measuring 21.5mm by 18.8mm and an overall height of 21.5mm. The handle is conical, without facets and has a pierced quatrefoil terminal. There is a triple collar to the terminal, the central rib being larger than those either side. The handle is slightly bent. The back of the die has an orientation mark in the form of a small cross about 1mm across. There is damage in the form of a linear scratch across the back of the die at approximately 2 o'…
Created on: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bratton Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-A53171
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Darlington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A silver seal matrix, dating to the post-medieval period, c.AD 1700-1800. The die (face of the seal) is oval in plan and rectangular in cross section. The reverse face of the die rises slightly toward centre, and is decorated with a series of oval shaped petals in relief, that radiate from the central pedestal. To the top of the pedestal is applied a cast perforated handle with a suspension loop terminal. The handle is formed from an inverted scrolling openwork heart-shape, the later split centrally by further scrollwork into three segments. The die face depicts a cut ar…
Created on: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coniscliffe area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-8AEB09
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: 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…
Created on: Tuesday 19th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-3C7AC4
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small and slightly bent post-medieval (1500-1800) silver seal matrix with openwork trefoil handle and an oval flan depicting a bird (perhaps an eagle) rising right. The handle bears a maker's mark, the letter P. The oval flan (9.8x8.5mm) depicts a bird with long neck and curving, pointed beak facing right. One wing rises behind, the other follows the curve of the matrix below. Between is an elongated rectangular body terminating at the tail end in circa three feathers. Body, wings and neck have feather-detail in the form of tiny circular punch marks and groups of parallel grooves. Th…
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fernhurst', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-4242B1
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post medieval silver seal matrix dating to AD 1796-1797. The seal matrix is damaged and is missing the loop at the back for holding the matrix. The seal matrix is oval and depicts a sheep walking right. There is an incised line around the edge of the face. On the back the front plate steps inwards to an oval plate with the maker's mark around it and in the centre a raised round section which narrows and then extends transversely to created the curvilinear holding loop. There are five elements to the maker's mark. There is an anchor identifying the object as assayed at the Birmingham …
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 31st May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Downton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-CEAD82
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2018 T502: Disclaimed, returned to finder Description: An incomplete silver pedestal seal matrix, with missing loop. The handle is faceted, hexagonal in cross section, tapering from the face of the seal into a double banded transverse collar at the juncture between the handle and loop. The latter is incomplete, but was probably originally trefoilate. The seal face is oval-shaped and engraved with a design depicting a lion lying right and facing the viewer, and with a more shallowly engraved sun in the top left corner. This is within a beaded border around the perimeter…
Created on: Thursday 29th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ravensden CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3A56C1
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
2018 T186 - submitted for considertation as treasure Description: Post Medieval silver pedestal type seal matrix. The seal face is oval with an incuse design of a coat of arms. The arms are described as they would appear on the seal impression (they are reversed on the matrix). Arms: Unidentified: on a fess engrailed, between three crescents, as many roses, impaling Williams: a greyhound courant in fess between three Cornish choughs proper. The shield has a straight top and sides and a rounded base coming to a point in the centre. The shield is outlined by a thin incised line and ther…
Created on: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Caundle Marsh CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-D85578
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-medieval silver seal matrix consisting of the matrix itself and the base of the elaborate openwork handle. This matrix has an oval die depicting a sheaf of wheat above a horizontal groove, longitudinally arranged and all within a groove flanking the edge of the matrix. The matrix appears to be separately set within an oval casing at the base of the handle. The remaining section of handle has an oval-sectioned stem set atop and at the centre of two circles (one surmounting the other) to the reverse of the matrix. Above this is a concave/ convex oval plate from whic…
Created on: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Record ID: DENO-8AC54C
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Post-Medieval silver seal matrix. The seal matrix is of the fob type and has an oval die which is engraved with a rampant lion within a twisted rope style border. The reverse of the die is engraved with a series of chevrons which do not seem to be in any significant pattern. The handle is broken and mostly missing. The stump is cylindrical and appears to have been made from three layers of rolled silver sheet. There is a seam where the ends join, suggesting the ends were soldered together. The handle appears to have been soldered directly to the back of the die. It pro…
Created on: Friday 12th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th February 2018
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