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Medieval 'Monk's Head' Mount 026955

Rare Medieval 'Monk's Head' Mount
Copper-alloy, 13.65 grams, 21.19 mm including stand. 13th century AD. A cast mount in the form of a tonsured head. The head emerges from a D-shaped plaque with a circular hole to the chest. Mounted on a custom-made stand. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 items 136-7. Fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£225.00

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Medieval 'Monk's Head' Mount 026955
Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 026311

Very Rare Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla
Lead, 44.68 grams, 37.20 mm. 13th century AD. A lead seal from a document issued by Pope Martin IV. One face bears the name of the issuing Pope MAR/TINVS/PP:IIII within a circle of pellets and the other the opposed profile heads of SS. Peter and Paul with a cruciform emblem between and the identifying abbreviated legend ‘SPASPE’, (Sanctus Paulus Sanctus Petrus ‘Saint Paul, Saint Peter’). Pope Martin IV was born Simon de Brion at the castle of Meinpincien, France in the years following 1210 AD. He attended the University of Paris, and then studied law at both Padua and Bologna. He was appointed canon at Saint-Quentin in 1238 and between 1248 and 1259 he was a canon of the cathedral chapter in Rouen. After the death of Pope Nicholas III in 1280, King Charles of Anjou intervened in the papal election by imprisoning two Italian cardinals who were interfering with the election, after which Simon de Brion was unanimously elected to the papacy, taking the name Martin IV on 22 February 1281. King Charles was martin's protector and on the king's death on 7 January 1285, Martin was no longer able to remain at Rome. He died at Perugia on 28 March 1285. Near extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex Miller collection; found Suffolk, UK.
£650.00

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Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 026311
Medieval Boniface IX Saint Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 027592

Rare Medieval Boniface IX 'Saint Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla
Lead, 42.15 grams. 36.12 mm. 1389-1404 AD. A cast papal bull of Boniface IX. To the obverse is the ‘SPA.SPE’ legend within a pelletted border, with two bearded busts and a cross between; to the reverse, within a pelletted border is the legend 'BONI/FATIUS:/P.P.VIIII'. Pope Bonifatius (Boniface) was born Piero Tomacelli, at Casarano in the kingdom of Naples in 1350. He was pope from 1389 until his death in 1404, while the antipope Clement VII (1378–94) continued to hold court as pope in the French city of Avignon under the protection of the French monarchy. Boniface's papacy is noted for his cautious and prudent style, regaining control of the chief castles of the Papal States. In England, the preaching of John Wyclif supported the opposition of the king and the ecclesiastical establishment to Boniface IX's granting vacant English benefices to his favourites in the Roman Curia. Papal favours were costly at this time, as the Vatican's revenues were depleted by the anti-pope. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Dartford, Kent, UK.
£450.00

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Medieval Boniface IX Saint Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 027592
Medieval 'Reliquary' Bronze Limoges Casket Mount 025419

Medieval Limoges 'Reliquary' Bronze Casket Mount
Bronze, 12.56 grams, 37.68 mm. 12th-13th century AD. A cast bronze tongue-shaped mount in blue, white, black, yellow and red enamel with three bronze pins at the scrolled outer end; Limoges or Moselle workmanship. Reference: similar to PAS reference NMS-E024EO, a Norfolk find; see report in Treasure Hunting magazine, March 2012 page 44. Fine condition. Provenance: found South Cambridgeshire, UK.
£150.00

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Medieval 'Reliquary' Bronze Limoges Casket Mount 025419
Medieval 'Cruciform' Openwork Staff Mount 020080

Very Rare Medieval 'Cruciform' Staff Mount / Sword Pommel
Copper-alloy, 65 grams, 49.84 mm. 12th-13th century AD. A hollow-cast openwork finial in the form of a 'Celtic' cross. The more decorative face comprises an openwork cross within a segmented circle; a quincunx of bosses mark the centre and four cardinal points. The edge (about 15mm across) is in chevron openwork. The rear face features four V-shaped recesses forming a cross within a wheel. The rectangular-section attachment slot is pierced by a single transverse iron rivet, still in place. Due to the cross symbolism on both faces, an ecclesiastical use is suggested, possibly as the finial to a processional staff. Reference: cf. similar item in London Museum Medieval Catalogue, reprinted Ipswich, 1993, p.23 (where it is described as a sword pommel). Very fine condition, minor damage to edge. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.

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Medieval 'Cruciform' Openwork Staff Mount 020080


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