Copper seal

In Notes and Queries “…there is an account of an ancient copper seal, about the size of a penny, found in chalk, at a depth of from five to six feet, near Bredenstone, England. The design upon it is said to be of a monk kneeling before a virgin and child: a legend upon the margin is said to be:’St.Jordanis Monachi Spaldingie.’ I don’t know about that. It looks very desirable —undesirable to us.” (page 130) In Scientific American appeared a newspaper story that related that ” that about the first of June, 1851, a powerful blast near Dorchester, Mass., cast out from a bed of solid rock a bell-shaped vessel of an unknown metal: floral designs inlaid with silver; ‘art of some cunning workman.'”