[MR] History Blog: British Museum Acquires Saxon Seal Matrix

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 24 02:05:17 PST 2019

Noble Friends, Especially Saxons,

Today the History Blog is reporting on an 11th century ivory seal matrix
believed to have belonged to an important Saxon noble named Wulfric Spott.
The British Museum has sought the dingus since its discovery in a garden
shed in 1976, and finally bought the piece in a private sale. Only four
other seal matrixes from Saxon England are known to survive:
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/57398 .

A catalog page from the Schoyen Collection, which sold the matrix to the
British Museum, is still available online, and shows a photo of the obverse
side (rather dull, but it completes the story):

Wikipedia has a brief bio on Wulfric Spot (including an image of his will
charter, sadly defaced by a modern watermark, but few of us can read it
anyway): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulfric_Spot .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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