Antique Corporate Seal Midland United, Exeter, U.K. Made by Shaw & Black
This is a cast iron corporate seal for Midland United, a company in Exeter, U.K. The seal engraving press is in working order, as seen in the photos of the seal on a piece of paper. The seal press measures 6 3/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches at the base. The handle is 8 inches long and is made of wood and cast iron. The height of the press is 8 inches.
This stamp press is painted black, and is decorated with gold leaf, on the sides of press and around the base. Some of the gold leaf is rubbed, but this gives it an interesting patina, especially around the base. There is a hallmark plaque on one of the ends of the stamp and it reads Shaw & Black, Temple Bar, London W.C.2. The finish on this stamp is referred to as "Centenary Finish" according to Shaw's website, a company in existence since 1750.
This would be lovely decorator item for desk or library.