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Silver find in Lincolnshire field sparks interest from British Museum

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: March 19, 2012

STRUCK GOLD: This silver-gilt seal matrix was discovered by Spilsby metal detector Devin Warmsley at the end of last year.

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A LOCAL metal detecting enthusiast has got a real buzz out of his hobby after making an unusual find.

Devin Warmsley, a member of Spilsby Search Society, was taking part in a group event in December 2011 when he came across a silver gilt seal-matrix dating back to the fourteenth century.

The British Museum has already said it wants the Medieval find to join its collection and could be prepared to pay anywhere between £5,000 and £20,000 for it.

Mr Warmsley said: "I've always had a metal detector and done bits and bobs but I've never been in a club before until joining about a year ago.

"You never know what you are going to pull out of the ground. I've had a few Henry III coins and then went for about three months when I didn't find anything at all.

"Then on December 7, we were about to call it a day when I discovered a gold quarter and then this seal matrix..

"The matrix is in beautiful condition. I've had seals before but they are normally lead or bronze. This must have belonged to someone that had a lot of money."

The face of the elaborate love or loyalty seal depicts the heads of a man and a woman facing each other with a flowering plant between them. A bird is shown in flight above the flowering plant and the surrounding inscription reads Ami Ames Leavement which roughly translates as 'love your love loyally'. The discovery was made near East Keal.

Mr Warmsley added: "You can't just go and metal detect without the landowners permission so I would urge anyone interested to join a group. You get more success that way too."

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