This is a Tudor silver armorial seal, dating to the early 16th - 17th century. It is deeply cut with a set of arms that I read as 'Chequy, a bend of ermine Impaling a chevron between three eagle heads erased. In centre chief point a crescent'. The first set of arms relates to the Earl of Dudley with the second set relating to a marriage (as yet unresearched). The body of the seal has an openwork trefoil handle, similar to one recorded from Fernhurst (HAMP-3C7AC4) and Barham (SF-B0199D) dated to the post-medieval period. A rare object from an old collection.
OBJECT: Armorial Fob Seal
DATE: c. 1550 - 1650 A.D.
SIZE: 21.68mm x 15.60mm x 3.11mm
WEIGHT: 6.49 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly the property of a lady, from the collection of Simon Bendall (Byzantine Numismatist, 1937-2019).
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