The perfect antique for the arms, crest, armorial collector.A handsome and large wooden cased red wax seal impression form the mid 19th century. Relating to the Austrian Habsburg monarchy perhaps an Imperial Emperor, Arch Duke or other royal noble from the House of Habsburg. Very similar to the 1769 seal of Maria Theresa of Austria.
During the 18th and 19th century important persons had their own seals created to seal their own official letters/envelopes etc. The seal would be in the form of a large desk seal, seal fob or very small seal ring. The original seal would be especially commissioned and be of excellent clarity and quality. When the seal was bought, the seal engraver would send through a sample wax impression in a fine lidded wooden case for the purchaser to check the clarity of the impression. Our seal impression is such an example.
The House of Habsburg reigned between 1526 and 1780 and then by the successive line of Habsburg-Lorraine until 1918. The historical Habsburg/Hapsburg empire reigned over vast swathes of European countries including Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma to name but a few.
As with many of the cluttered arms of late 18th and early-mid 19th century monarchs this original wax impressions shows a double headed reichsadler (eagle) which was used by the Hapsburg emperors. Each eagle head is within a halo, they both sit beneath a large crown. Under each of their beaks is a smaller crown. The left eagle holds a sword, the right eagle holds a sceptre.
On the main shield are many various hereditary lands, kingdoms, duchies, etc of The Hapsburg Empire. One shield has the ‘Bindenschild’( red shield silver bandage of Hasburgs of austria , the other shield the six Medici or House of Tuscany balls, we also see many other heraldic arms the Hungarian stripes and apostolic cross. The triple tower castle of castille, the three crowned golden leopard heads of Dalmatia. The sun and moon of Transylvania. The pine marten of Slavonia. The biscione (viper swallowing a child) the heraldic charge of the Kingdom of Lombardy which was an Austrian crowned land.
The outer legend reads - 'sigillum consulate imperialis et relais cancel'
Measuring: Case diameter 3 3/8 inch (8.5 cm). Case depth 5/8 inch (1.5 cm). Seal diameter 2 5/8 inch (6.8 cm). Please take care when opening and closing all wax seal cases, they respond best to a light touch to avoid cross threading.
Condition: The turned hardwood, screw top case is in sound condition with a very small vertical drying crack to the base as is so common on circular cases. It retains a very old cloth wadding to the interior to protect the seal. The red wax seal impression is stable but is very cracked with age to the center as shown by our many images.
Wax seal impressions are very collectible. They have a fascinating history and make a fine grouping when displayed together.
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Large 19th Century Cased Red Wax Seal Impression Austrian Imperial Habsburg Arms Holy Roman Empire
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