46. Seal of Simon Judas of Trote
+ S’ SIMON IVDAS DE TROTE
Dimensions: 24 mm. Impression.
Location: French National Archives, Paris, N 3183.†
Bibliography: Demay, 1881, No. 3183; Bedos, 1980b, No. 3 (4).
This seal matrix, originally in the collection of a M. Lorimer from Rouen, who specialized in seals of Normandy, was sold in Paris in 1900. Though the present location of the matrix is not known, a cast was taken before the sale and is reproduced here. The round seal shows a lion passing to the right and is considered thirteenth century in style. Because of the time, place, style, and size, as well as the figure of the lion and its relation to the name of Judas (Judas being the Greek form of Judah), it may be a Jewish seal.
This writer has been informed that no town by the name of Trote is known from Normandy, but the Lorimer sale catalog indicates items from other regions as well. There is a small locality by the name of Trote in the canton of Vandières, Department of the Marne, rather close to Normandy.