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LOT 0433

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GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 930 - 1,170
USD ($) 1,000 - 1,250

Sold for (Inc. bp): £975

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'THE SELLINDGE' MEDIEVAL HUNDRED OF TOTNORE IN SUSSEX SEAL MATRIX
14TH CENTURY A.D.

A very large bronze chess piece seal matrix with facetted trumpet-shaped body, pierced trefoil knop finial, small dimple to the upper face for alignment; outer ring of Lombardic text '* hVnDR DE tOttEnORE' for 'Hundred of Totnore' and two lines of abbreviated text to the centre 'co[m]itat’ svssex [county of Sussex]'; accompanied by a museum-quality impression. 1 1/2 in. (34.4 grams, 37 mm high). Very fine condition. Excessively rare with text at centre.

PROVENANCE:
Found by a farmer on his land 'eyes only', in Sellindge, Kent, UK, circa 1992.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Linenthal, R. & Noel, W., Medieval Seal Matrices in the Schøyen Collection, Oslo, 2004, pl.XXVII (367), for type.

FOOTNOTES:
The Hundred of Totnore in the Rape of Pevensey, Sussex appears with the spelling Tottenore in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1272 and the name means Totta's Bank.