seal The seal is a small, single sided piece in red wax, bearing a relatively simple heraldic design comprising only a shield. The central design is a cross with elaborated ends. The design is described heraldically, in French as croix ancrée et une merlette en premier quartier or in plain English, an anchor shaped cross with a little blackbird in the first quarter. That is the shield of the d'Etaples family, lords of Fayel at that time. The bird is a bit hard to see in the photograph, but I am assured that you can see it in the right light. The single sided seal is attached by a strip of parchment cut horizontally from the lower border of the document.
Acquittance of 1385, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.

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