Seal of Gifford Daniel of Somerset

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0
Object type: Seal Matrix
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 17/10/2021
Location: Winchester, Hampshire


This matrix dates from 13th-14th Century and shows  a church or castle with three towers and three stars. The legend reads S’ GIFROT DANEL D’ ZOMERZETE “Seal of Gifford (or Giffard) Daniel of Somerset“. The use of Z is is an early example of the voicing of the “S” in the regional accent, according to Malcolm Jones. Designated a Find of Note: Regional Importance.