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Courtesy Naval District Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

18ST704 - Charles’ Gift
Feature 12-Lot 600, borrow pit c. 1675-1700.

Date Range: 17th- to 20th-century plantation

39 mm diameter

Style: Merchant-type

Ligatured AB at the bottom of the seal that is linked to a vertical bar that runs through the letter D in the center of the seal.  The bar is topped with a 4.  Branches or leaves encircle the central motif.  McNulty (2004) refers to conjoined initials as “ligatured”.

Charles’ Gift, also known as Eltonhead Manor,  is a 17th- to 20th-century plantation.

It has been suggested by Ruggles-Brise (1949) that the intertwined A and B represent the first initials of a husband and wife, whose surname began with a D.