Record Details

NHER Number:35137
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Medieval metal find


Metal detecting in 1999 recovered a medieval seal matrix depicting a hawk on top of another bird.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 11 25
Map Sheet:TG12NW

Full description

October to November 1999. Metal detecting.
Identified by H. M. Geake (NCM).
Medieval copper alloy seal matrix with hexagonally facetted conical handle rising to a pierced lozengiform terminal. The die is circular and 18mm in diameter, and is engraved with a hawk on top of another bird. The legend reads *ALAS IE SV PRIS (alas I am caught). I haven't heard the suggestion that the arrow points to the caught bird to indicate who is speaking before, but this legend does indeed tend to end with an arrow. This is a lover's seal. 14th century.
(S1) and Cast.
K.Hinds (NLA), 25 February 2000.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SEAL MATRIX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.

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