De Grey seal matrix

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Object type: Seal Matrix
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 14/02/2022
Location: Winchester, Hampshire


A 14th century seal matrix of heater shield shape. The legend reads SIGILL’ PEIS DE GREY suggesting a connection with the de Grey family. Anchetil de Greye is listed in the Domesday Book, Lady Jane Grey was briefly queen and Lord Grey’s government enacted the abolition of slavery.