"The seal of Tristan of Treago" found in Cornwall

Metal dectorist John Fereday was "so excited that his hands were shaking" when he discovered a 13th century silver seal on a farm near Newquay in Cornwall. "Medieval seals are very rare in Cornwall and silver ones are rarer still," said liaisons officer Anna Tyacke.

The tiny seal, used to mark wax, "shows an eagle with its wings outstretched and bears a Latin inscription which translates as 'the seal of Tristan of Treago.'" The Royal Institute of Cornwall hopes to acquire the seal for its collection.