Medieval London

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  • Collection: Seal Matrix

This copper alloy seal was discovered in the Thames in London. The image on the seal is two birds, most likely cormorants facing each other with their beaks touching and a fleur-de-lys in between the two birds with an inscription in Latin of the seal…

This seal belonged to another woman, perhaps also a business owner. The Imprint Project to trace seal owners through fingerprints shows that she owned several different seals throughout her lifetime. This one happens to be the first one she owned as…

This royal charter granted by King Henry III was sealed with the King's Great Seal, which demonstrates one of the purposes of a seal: to authenticate documents by marking them with a symbol of high power, in this case, royal power. In this charter,…

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This seal matrix belonged to Margaret, daughter of Alfred in London who may have used it to authenticate her business deals. It is made of lead alloy and is a vesica, the oval shape with pointed ends often used for a woman's personal seal.
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