Medieval Seal Matrix and Impression IIn.p., n.p., 14th century
A small circular medieval seal matrix, and red impression of the seal, in an attractive dark glazed wood display frame. The seal has a ring of lettering round the edge and the central design of the item shows a Greek cross, each arm of the main central cross being itself a cross.
Seals such as these were used to proclaim the authenticity of official, and especially legal, documents. The design identified the individual who owned the seal, and prevented forgery and tampering with important papers and correspondence.