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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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seal-box / seal / key

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1906,1117.12

  • Description

    Circular steel seal-matrix for the Cape of Good Hope with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 at intervals on the sides, and signature on the back; short cylindrical stem with four perforations. The Royal arms with supporters and motto. Below, a shield of arms gules, a lion rampant between three annulets, on a chief argent three roundles gules each charged with a fleur-de-lis; an anchor on each side intersected by part of a scroll bearing an inscription; the whole within an octofoil. Surrounding legend. In box with four counterplates. Two keys.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 7.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        +VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT REGINA + SIGILL: COLON: PROM: BONÆ SPEI.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Content

        WYON REGENT STTT LONDON
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        side
      • Inscription Content

        1 2 3 4
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Lombardic
      • Inscription Position

        scroll
      • Inscription Content

        BONA SPES
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        DIEU . ET . MON . DROIT
      • Inscription Translation

        God and my right
  • Curator's comments

    In set with 1906.1117.13

  • Bibliography

    • Tonnochy 1952 231a bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1906

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1906,1117.12

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