This seal matrix was brought in by one of our wonderful metal detectorists recently. Matrices of this type date from about 700 years ago, believe it or not. This one does not seem to have been much used, and despite its time in the soil, is well preserved. But can you read what it says? Try putting a mirror up to the image…
It was customary to begin “Seal of… “, usually shortened simply to ‘S’. Viewed from this angle this should be somewhere on the lower part of the face of the matrix. On the upper part should be the name (perhaps a Latinised version, perhaps abbreviated) of a place. It probably starts with ‘DE’, ie ‘of’…..
This example is from London and on the website of Fordham University (USA). Notable alumni – Donald Trump! It is their history too! There is a good article there about seals.
What do you think? Good luck!