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head of fool -- or helmeted man? Legend is pretty clear: CRADRVNhARD -- but I, at least, can make nothing of it! -hARD could be the end of a personal name cf. Ric-hard. UKDFD no. 44378

head of fool -- or helmeted man? Legend is pretty clear: CRADRVNhARD -- but I, at least, can make nothing of it! -hARD could be the end of a personal name cf. Ric-hard. UKDFD no. 44378

janus-headed grotesque. Legend: DODOLOR ROBIN. I take the first word to be 'doddler'. s.v. 'dodel' MED notes the surnames [nicknames] William Dodeler (1297), & Richard(1343), comparing OF 'dodin' = foolish. I add 'dodder'. I'd love to think this is the personal seal of a professional fool, one (nick) named Doddeler, but though fools, of course, wore hoods with coxcombs,I know of none like this-- AND see the 'nonesuch' seals for the bird-neck motif.

janus-headed grotesque. Legend: DODOLOR ROBIN. I take the first word to be 'doddler'. s.v. 'dodel' MED notes the surnames [nicknames] William Dodeler (1297), & Richard(1343), comparing OF 'dodin' = foolish. I add 'dodder'. I'd love to think this is the personal seal of a professional fool, one (nick) named Doddeler, but though fools, of course, wore hoods with coxcombs,I know of none like this-- AND see the 'nonesuch' seals for the bird-neck motif.

squirrel-man/squirrel in (?fool's) hood. nice clear image and legend; IE SUY DEGISE [I am disguised]  PAS IHS-E37FE3

squirrel-man/squirrel in (?fool's) hood. nice clear image and legend; IE SUY DEGISE [I am disguised] PAS IHS-E37FE3

grotesque composed of three human heads. Legend: SIGILLVM NVLLVM TALE [seal no(ne) such]. Here it makes sense to see the "nullum tale" as referring to the grotesque -- there exists no such creature. UKDFD no, 23313

grotesque composed of three human heads. Legend: SIGILLVM NVLLVM TALE [seal no(ne) such]. Here it makes sense to see the "nullum tale" as referring to the grotesque -- there exists no such creature. UKDFD no, 23313

a personal seal that actually IS personal! The cart-wheel device of "ROGER CARtR"                PAS IHS-D38BA1. Curiously, I have not needed to reverse this photo -- the die-cutter forgot to cut the legend in reverse - so the seal impression will always have been in 'mirror-writing'!

a personal seal that actually IS personal! The cart-wheel device of "ROGER CARtR" PAS IHS-D38BA1. Curiously, I have not needed to reverse this photo -- the die-cutter forgot to cut the legend in reverse - so the seal impression will always have been in 'mirror-writing'!

one of the commonest legends on late medieval English personal seals.This is via the UKDFD site where it is ref.no.262

one of the commonest legends on late medieval English personal seals.This is via the UKDFD site where it is ref.no.262

Pious wolf finds St Edmund's head -- the head cries out [legend]; "hER hER hER hIC hAM" [Here! Here! Here I am!] -- wonderful! [part of the legend of St Edmund of Bury St Edmunds]  PAS WTM-SF-BFFA76

Pious wolf finds St Edmund's head -- the head cries out [legend]; "hER hER hER hIC hAM" [Here! Here! Here I am!] -- wonderful! [part of the legend of St Edmund of Bury St Edmunds] PAS WTM-SF-BFFA76

man's head with bird's long-neck -- which appears to issue from his head -- pecking his chin [for visual motif, cf. the IE SV NV TEL seal below, and adjacent seal] Legend; IE SV DEOISE -- plainly for IE SV DEGISE.    PAS SUR-IF2277

man's head with bird's long-neck -- which appears to issue from his head -- pecking his chin [for visual motif, cf. the IE SV NV TEL seal below, and adjacent seal] Legend; IE SV DEOISE -- plainly for IE SV DEGISE. PAS SUR-IF2277

lion-mask/head. Legend: OREDE MACHI -- for CREDE MICHI [Believe me]. The legend is garbled and indistinct which explains why original PAS recorder read LO DE MACHI -- but yet again, a familiarity with the limited repertoire of seal-legends helps!  PAS NCL-B77801

lion-mask/head. Legend: OREDE MACHI -- for CREDE MICHI [Believe me]. The legend is garbled and indistinct which explains why original PAS recorder read LO DE MACHI -- but yet again, a familiarity with the limited repertoire of seal-legends helps! PAS NCL-B77801

lovers' heads. Legend: BAISEZ MOI ENE BONE FOY [Fr = Kiss me in good faith]  PAS SOM-4028B4

lovers' heads. Legend: BAISEZ MOI ENE BONE FOY [Fr = Kiss me in good faith] PAS SOM-4028B4

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