An antique silver letter seal with a garland of leaves surrounded a blank cartouche. The seal has never been engraved..so perfect for your own initials.
French import as denoted by the "Weevil" mark. This mark denotes silver of at least .800 and was used from July 1864 to June 1893.
Measurements; 2 5/8" high
Condition report; very good, minor surface scratches as expected for age and use.
Seals have been in use since the earliest civilizations. Their use was important in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. The need continued through the centuries as a means of authenticating documents and important papers by ruling governments and royalty. The design of the seal was a reflection of the owner and their station in life and importance. William the Conqueror had a two sided seal; one side showed him sitting on his horse ready for battle.
By the late 1800's seals were used mainly for sealing parcels for mailing that held valuables. There still could be found those persons that felt it was the "proper" was to close their correspondence. The use of the seal continued on in popularity for several decades.
Seals can be found in a variety of materials, shapes, with initials, and a wide variety of motifs.