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Antique French Mother of Pearl Writer's Wax Seal or Sceau, Gilt Matrix & "JC" Monogram
Fine Antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era solid carved mother of pearl writer's wax seal or sceau, gilded metal seal matrix with "MA" monogram! 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. 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 condition. Some slight surface marks to the pearl, visible in the images and would surely come off if cleaned. Solid mother of pearl, no chips, cracks or other damage. 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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