Medieval Bronze Seals for sale

Bronze seals during the medieval period were the possession of the more wealthy people as they cost more to produce than the lead seals and had a longer life span due to the hardness of the metal. The lead seals would have been easily broken as the metal is soft. Bronze seals can be found in chess piece shape, mostly round at the base with a long neck and decorated head with a loop in for suspension. Vessica Shape (oval with pointed ends) or round with suspension loops at the back. Last of all is the shield shaped seals, these are sometimes flat with a loop at the back or chess piece shape as above but with a shield face. The status of the owner was reflected in the size of the seal. The height of the face of the seal was a reflection of the owner’s importance, and in the religious hierarchy no one was allowed to own a seal as grand as that issued by their superiors.


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Medieval 'Duck' Seal Matrix 024994B

Medieval 'Duck' Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.45 grams, 22.83 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A cast 'chessman' seal matrix. The base is discoid in plan rising through a hexagonal-section facetted shank to a collared neck with a pierced trefoil lug. The underside features a central duck motif within a band of text in Lombard capitals '*ADEMABIN'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, London, 2008 items 8, 9. Fine condition. Provenance: found Essex, UK.
£175.00

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Medieval 'Duck' Seal Matrix 024994B
Medieval ‘Circular’ Seal Matrix 026296

Medieval ‘Circular‘ Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.47 grams, 22.02 mm. Circa 13th-15th century AD. A cast seal matrix, circular with central heraldic lion surrounded by the legend +S'GVILTIERREE. References: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£175.00

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Medieval ‘Circular’ Seal Matrix 026296
Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Chessman Seal Matrix 024974

Very Large Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 20.08 grams, 30.37 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A large copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises a standing robed female holding a baby with a tree to the rear, surrounded by the legend '*AVEMARIAGRACIA', Hail Mary [Full of] Grace. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£550.00

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Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Chessman Seal Matrix 024974
Medieval 'Richard The Carpenter' Heraldic Chessman Seal Matrix 024973

Rare Medieval 'Richard The Carpenter' Heraldic Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 4.12 grams, 17.52 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and rilled wire suspension loop. The seal design comprises a heater shield bearing two swords with surrounding legend '+S. RITSARTL'CARPETIER (Charpentier), seal of Richard The Carpenter? Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£450.00

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Medieval 'Richard The Carpenter' Heraldic Chessman Seal Matrix 024973
Medieval 'Thadeus Son of William The Archer' Vesica Seal Matrix 025004

Rare Medieval 'Thadeus Son of William The Archer' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 9.76 grams, 32.14 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with bar and loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a lanb and cross above a fleur-de-lys with surrounding legend 'S'THDEEL:FIL.VVILLIM.ARCH', seal of Thadeus son of William the Archer? Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Very fine condition. Provenance: found West Sussex, UK.
£450.00

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Medieval 'Thadeus Son of William The Archer' Vesica Seal Matrix 025004
Medieval 'Fighting Cockerel' Chessman Seal Matrix 024993

Medieval 'Fighting Cockerel' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 4.12 grams, 17.52 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises an advancing fighting cock with surrounding legend '*PRIVESV' ('I am private'). Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Fine condition. Provenance: found Essex, UK.
£120.00

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Medieval 'Fighting Cockerel' Chessman Seal Matrix 024993
Medieval 'Two Birds Mating' Chessman Seal Matrix 024650

Medieval 'Two Birds Mating' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 7.46 grams, 19.25 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises a pair of birds mating with surrounding legend '*AIASIESVPRIS:'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Durham, UK.
£240.00

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Medieval 'Two Birds Mating' Chessman Seal Matrix 024650
Medieval 'Crossed Hands and Quatrefoil' Chessman Seal Matrix 024805

Medieval 'Crossed Hands and Quatrefoil' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.53 grams, 22.26 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises a pair of crossed hands with quatrefoil below with surrounding legend '*PRIVESV' ('I am private'). Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Wiltshire, UK.
£195.00

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Medieval 'Crossed Hands and Quatrefoil' Chessman Seal Matrix 024805
Medieval 'Double V' Chessman Seal Matrix 024776

Medieval 'Double V' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 7.59 grams, 24.39 mm. Circa 15th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with thick hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises two interlocked 'V's forming a 'W'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£80.00

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Medieval 'Double V' Chessman Seal Matrix 024776
Medieval 'I am Private' Chessman Seal Matrix 024806

Medieval 'I Am Private' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 5.38 grams, 18.24 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy chessman seal matrix with hexagonal stem and suspension loop. The seal design comprises a bird with surrounding legend '*PRIVESV' ('I am private'). Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Wiltshire, UK.
£175.00

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Medieval 'I am Private' Chessman Seal Matrix 024806
Medieval 'Thomas of Honiley' Vesica Seal Matrix 024773

Medieval 'Thomas of Honiley' Vesica Seal Matrix
Lead, 26.34 grams, 39.15 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A lead vesica seal matrix with bar and loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a fleur-de-lys with surrounding legend '*S'THOME:DE:HONLAY', seal of Thomas of Honiley, Warwickshire. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Warwickshire, UK.
£225.00

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Medieval 'Thomas of Honiley' Vesica Seal Matrix 024773
Medieval 'John Angus' Vesica Seal Matrix 024770

Rare Medieval 'John Angus' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 5.33 grams, 29.59 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a lamb and cross with surrounding legend '*S'IOHANNIS.DE.AGNUS', seal of John Angus. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£245.00

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Medieval 'John Angus' Vesica Seal Matrix 024770
Medieval 'Profile Bust and Crescent' Vesica Seal Matrix 025006

Medieval 'Profile Bust and Crescent' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 3.57 grams, 23.56 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a profile bust with crescent above with surrounding legend '+DEVIITIVECNAM'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Fine condition. Provenance: found West Sussex, UK.
£120.00

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Medieval 'Profile Bust and Crescent' Vesica Seal Matrix 025006
Medieval 'Hail Mary Full of Grace' Vesica Seal Matrix 024774

Medieval 'Hail Mary Full of Grace' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.95 grams, 30.11 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a dove withn olive branch in its mouth with surrounding legend '*AVEMARIAGRATIA' 'Hail Mary [full of] Grace'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£175.00

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Medieval 'Hail Mary Full of Grace' Vesica Seal Matrix 024774
Medieval 'Walter Son of Walter' Vesica Seal Matrix 024094

Medieval 'Walter Son of Walter' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.69 grams, 31.96 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with bar and loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a bird on a branch with surrounding legend '*S'WALT:IFIL'LWALT'I'' for sigillum Wathari filii walthari 'seal of Walter son of Walter'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, UK.
£275.00

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Medieval 'Walter Son of Walter' Vesica Seal Matrix 024094
Medieval 'Dove and Olive Branch' Vesica Seal Matrix 024895

Medieval 'Bird and Olive Branch' Vesica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 4.28 grams, 27.76 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A copper-alloy vesica seal matrix with bar and loop to the reverse. The seal design comprises a dove with an olive branch in its mouth with surrounding legend '*NOLOHEMISDARI'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p.85. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£275.00

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Medieval 'Dove and Olive Branch' Vesica Seal Matrix 024895
Medieval 'Squirrel' Stamp Seal Matrix 023860

Medieval 'Squirrel' Stamp Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 8.03 grams, 19.76 mm. Circa 14th-15th century AD. A cast copper-alloy seal matrix with discoid base; to the reverse, a longitudinal bar and loop. The design comprises a squirrel sejant within a circle; outside, the text in Lombardic capitals '*SIGRACH[...]'. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, London, 2008. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Tilbury, Essex, UK.
£350.00

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Medieval 'Squirrel' Stamp Seal Matrix 023860
Medieval 'Hare and Leaves' Chessman Seal Matrix 017078

Medieval 'Hare and Leaves' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 10.78 grams, 19.93 mm diameter. 15th century AD. A chessman style seal matrix with hexagonal shaft and suspension loop, the circular face showing a hare with trefoil of leaves (clover?) above and inscribed V SONOV SONOV (a variant of the SOHOV SOHOV hunting call inscription). See Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p. 95. Very fine condition, giving a good impression.
£225.00

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Medieval 'Hare and Leaves' Chessman Seal Matrix 017078
Medieval 'Stephen Crim' Vessica Seal Matrix 018059

Medieval 'Stephan Crim' Vessica Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.15 grams, 26.08 mm long. 15th century AD. A pointed vessica style seal matrix with ridge and suspension loop at back, the face depicting a six-rayed star with *S' STEFANI CRIM (seal of Stephen Crim). See Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p. 123. Very fine condition, giving a good impression.
£180.00

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Medieval 'Stephen Crim' Vessica Seal Matrix 018059
Medieval 'Alas I am Caught' Chessman Seal Matrix 018425

Medieval 'Alas I am Caught' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.37 grams, 18.25 mm diameter. 15th century AD. A chessman style seal matrix with hexagonal shaft and suspension loop, the circular face showing a hawk attacking a dove with the latin inscription *ALAS IE SV PIS (Alas I am Caught). See Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p. 95, etc. Fine condition and giving a good impression.

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Medieval 'Alas I am Caught' Chessman Seal Matrix 018425
Medieval 'Crowned Initial' Chessman Seal Matrix 019612

Medieval 'Crowned Initial' Chessman Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 9.08 grams, 17.66 mm diameter. 15th century AD. A chessman style seal matrix with hexagonal shaft and trefoil suspension loop, the circular face depicting the intial 'W' with stylized crown above and traces of palm leaves to sides. See Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, p. 16, etc. Good fine condition, giving a good impression.
£110.00

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Medieval 'Crowned Initial' Chessman Seal Matrix 019612
Medieval 'Addorsed Birds' Seal Matrix 017149

Medieval 'Addorsed Birds' Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 6.77 grams, 18.52 mm. 14th-16th century AD. A later medieval 'chessman' seal matrix with suspension loop. The design features a pair of addorsed birds looking over their shoulders at each other within a narrow epigraphic border. The legend reads C[.]EDEIM[...]. Reference: cf. Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Vol.1, Langport, 2001, item 585ff. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, England.
£225.00

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Medieval 'Addorsed Birds' Seal Matrix 017149


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