Circular silver seal: 15th century
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Circular silver seal with an inscription around the edge. In the centre is the figure of the Virgin Mary with rays of light coming from her. She is flanked by angels and above her is the head of God. This fine silver seal die shows the Assumption, raising to heaven of the Virgin Mary. She stands in a cloud of glory surrounded by angels, with God above her head. The Latin inscription "Sigillum: communitatis misteri: braciatorum: londini:", 'seal of the community of the mystery of brewers of London', runs around the die, with a scroll of barley ears. This is the seal of the Brewers' Company, which they acquired after the royal charter issued to them in 1438 first granted them the right to a 'common seal'. The seal's highly religious design would make it unfashionable, indeed suspect, after the Reformation.
1436 AD - 1465 AD