Fabulous & rare antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era hallmarked silver wax seal or sceau: elegant French Empire or Aesthetic styling and the opulent fitted box! In a day when the hand written letter is something we remember and long for, but seem to never quite find time to write, it's all the more interesting to note the upsurge of popularity of all things related to it. And did you know that, even today in France, the 'valor declare' method of sending a package requires it be wrapped with string and then each string sealed with wax and a seal? A "sceau" or seal is an imprint intended to guarantee the authenticity of a document or information, and to make clear its possible disclosure or alteration. The term also refers to the object, the matrix that allows for this footprint. The etymology of the word is the Latin sigillum, which is the diminutive of signum, meaning sign. We just love the romance of the old monogrammed seals pressed to that rich red wax, don't we. The box appears original but the monogram on the seal itself looks like "PS" whereas the one on the lid of the box reads "PP". The piece is 2 3/4" in height, the seal base or tip is 5/8" x 1/2" and has a lovely, ornate interlaced monogram. The piece bears a French silver hallmark, there is a silversmith mark but it's obscured by the boar's head mark. We have another near exact seal that we're also listing this week, it has no monogram but the silversmith mark is legible as "PG" (though I've not found a reference to it as of yet. Both date from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The 'boar's head' hallmark was used post-1838 and designates it as being in at least .800 silver (80% pure so just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). Lovely, one for the collector AND one of six fabulous old wax seals or sceau that we're adding this week (with more to come), not to mention the host of wonderful old writing boxes, implements & seals we currently have available so, be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good to excellent condition. Some light surface marks, possibly a tiny dimple or two but no notable damage and no repairs. The box is also in very good condition, near pristine with age considered. See pictures for weight and all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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