Record Details

NHER Number:30457
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Medieval seal matrix


A metal detectorist has found a 14th century seal matrix. The seal features two figures, with one kneeling and one standing. The standing figure holds a grid-iron, suggesting he is St Lawrence with his instrument of martyrdom. This identification is confirmed by the legend which refers to LAVRENCII. The kneeling figure may be the owner of the seal.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 00 43
Map Sheet:TG04SW

Full description

Metal detecting.
Very fine condition 14th century seal matrix, faceted handle with trefoil suspension loop. Punched dot to orientate seal correctly. Legend: * Sv LAVRENCII DE STOWE v. In centre, a kneeling figure (right) and a standing figure holding a grid-iron, St Lawrence, with his instrument of martyrdom. The kneeling figure could well represent the owner of the seal.
(S1) at NCM.
W. Milligan (NCM), 17 January 1994.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.

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