This is a medieval counter seal, dating to the 15th century. It would have once belonged to a knight, bearing a great helm surmounted with an elaborate crest. The border is decorated with a garland of roses. Such a seal would have been used in conjunction with an armorial seal, used to seal the back of the wax as an added authentication.
OBJECT: Seal Matrice
DATE: c. 15th century A.D.
SIZE: 20.73mm diameter x 10.36mm
WEIGHT: 7.53 grams
PROVENANCE: From a private collection of seals, Paris.
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