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This example from 1452 was sealed by six people, although one of the seals has since broken off.
Title deed with six seals, 1452 (Ne D 4662) All of the examples above are of seals attached to open, public documents.
The front side is the seal of the chapter of Repton Priory in Derbyshire, and shows Christ in majesty, raising his right hand in blessing, and holding a book in his left hand.
On the back there is a smaller counterseal showing the Madonna and child, and the Latin words ‘Sigillum Reginaldi Prioris Rependun’ (‘the seal of Reginald, Prior of Repton’).
The earliest example known in our collections is Mi D 1124 (dated 1466), signed by John Byngham.
Some medieval signatures exist in private letters, but many letters were written by scribes from dictation so the name at the end of the document may not actually have been written by its owner.
Seal of the Chapter of Repton Priory, and of Prior Reginald, 1230 (Po 126) Noble women also used the vesica shape for their seals.
The seal, in red wax, shows a standing woman holding a bird of prey.
Below is a letter of attorney from 1428, which has a seal attached to a tongue of parchment cut from the document.