Seventeenth Century Seal Matrix found in Honeybourne

seal matrix

There is an amazing background story to the finding of this seal now in the Worcestershire County museum collection. In 2005 the matrix (the front part that carries the seal impression) was found by a metal detectorist in a field near Honeybourne. Several years later, whilst walking his dog, he found the tiny trefoil handle. The chances of this happening are at Lottery jackpot proportions.

The arms were identified as those of David Weoley from nearby Chipping Campden. Born in 1584, he sought his fortune in London and became Master of the Worshipful Company of Founders in 1640.

In 2010 the Company paid for three copies to be made by David Hart, the renowned silversmith of the Chipping Campden Guild. One of the copies was donated to the County Museum and is the complete seal on the left.

Thank you to David Kendrick for his research on this object.

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