Seal Matrix

Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0
Object type: Seal Matrix
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Lead
Date found: 11/04/2013
Location: South Ferriby, Lincolnshire


This seal matrix is thought to date from 1250-1300. The legend reads: +S’AGNE[-] :SVIN, possibly “seal of Agnes [of] Swine”. Swine is in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It was probably for single or occasional use by a peasant engaged in property transactions. Unusually, in this case it’s for a woman.