A rare cast figural example, it was purchased from the estate of Monsieur "R" in Paris. It dates from the period of Napoleon III, towards 1860.
This is an exquisite cast bronze/pewter work. The very detailed soldier's head bears a benevolent expression. His lips, nose and eyes are executed with sculptural detail. He wears a casque (metal helmet) of which the bill has the effect of a metal mask. Scrolls rise from the back and the back of the helmet has a beautiful globe shape. The soldier's cascading curls flow down to his chest. There is a large cartouche at the center (destined to bear personal engraved initials). This is surrounded by deeply cast scrolls and filigrees. The base of the seal has an hourglass shape. The bottom provides the round initial plate which bears the initials "WM" in script.
It measures: 3 5/8" tall, the seal 5/8" in diameter, the head 1 1/4" at the widest point. It is in very good antique condition: slight wear to the pewter at the cartouche and top of helmet. It stands solid and the initials are still deeply grooved.
It is a fine example of a nineteenth century seal, made during the exquisite era of Napoleon III.
RARE Antique Nineteenth Century Cast Pewter over Bronze Figural Sceau or Seal