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LOT 0286

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £464
ENGLISH MEDIEVAL HERALDIC CHESSMAN TYPE TAX COLLECTOR'S SEAL MATRIX FOR CUSTOMS DUTY ON CLOTH
CIRCA 14TH CENTURY A.D.
1 1/2 in. (28.1 grams, 37 mm).

A bronze chessman-type seal matrix with pierced trefoil finial; hatched field with reserved heater shield bearing a Lombardic capital 'G', band to the rim with incuse legend "* S' : CVSTVME : PANNORVM:".

PROVENANCE:
The Matrix Collection, formed by David Morris since the late 1980s.
Found Romney Marsh, Kent, UK, on Monday 1st December 2008 by Graham Collard.
Matrix Collection catalogue no.4604.
Many of the seals within the collection were published in a book titled 'The Matrix Collection', by David Morris in 2012.

Accompanied by a copy of the illustrated collection notes.
Accompanied by a copy of the UK Detector Finds Database record entry no.16201.

FOOTNOTES:
The seal relates to the payment of duty (custume) on imported cloth, and was presumably used by a customs official.

CONDITION