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Antique Agate Writer's Wax Seal or Sceau, Cameo Profile Seal
Wonderful antique Victorian or Napoleon III era banded agate writer's wax seal or sceau, a crisp wheel cut handle with a unique cameo style profile etched or carved into the carnelian seal tip! From a time before postage stamps, or very nearly so, when a letter folded in on itself and was sealed against prying eyes by sealing wax. The impression of the monogram seal was pressed into the hot wax as it cooled, to confirm the sender's seal in place. The note might have held arrangements for a meeting with one's lover or friend, or carry news from afar and from children married and moved away to distances that likely prevented you ever seeing them in person again. Or maybe state documents, deeds, or official business. . . A must have for the collector, very unique with the profile seal.
Very good-excellent condition. A natural flaw to the end of the agate handle, seen as a bit of mineral. A bit of wax visible on the large photo of the seal tip, sorry :). NO breaks or damage though and a beautiful old piece. See pictures for measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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