A collector's experience

(by John Rassweiler, Princeton)

This section of the SIGILLVM website is intended to assist those new to, or with limited experience of medieval seals and seal matrices. The first contribution comes from Dr. John Rassweiler, a keen collector for more than fifteen years, who describes how he has come to acquire what is now a significant collection of medieval matrices, and how his study of this challenging and richly rewarding subject has not only offered him a better understanding of the lives and times of the original owners, but has led him to support some academic research and develop close professional and personal relationships within the academic, curatorial, and commercial world of medieval seals. Please find here a full-text version (PDF) of his experience.