A beautifully hand carved ivory and silver writers wax seal or sceau. The ivory handle is of a Whippet with its long and slender muzzle and long tail between his legs, a typical characteristic of this breed of dog. In the 19th century.
A Roman sapphire intaglio - Circa 2nd Century A.D. Though they were keenly collected in antiquity, most carved gems originally functioned as seals, often mounted in a ring; intaglio designs register most clearly when viewed by the recipient of a letter as an impression in hardened wax. A finely carved seal was practical, as it made forgery more difficult - the distinctive personal signature did not really exist in antiquity.
A GOLD AND CITRINE SEAL WITH LAPIS LAZULI MATRIX UNMARKED, PROBABLY ENGLISH, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY The facetted citrine handle with foliate-chased mount, the matrix with intaglio crest, coronet and initial D above a motto scroll Extant Recte Factis Premia 2 ½ in. (6 cm.) high
Scottish Double Thistle "Fair ta ye" Amethyst Intaglio Ring
9k rose gold birmingham 1875 4.8mm band size 4.75 ((about))Each country in the British Isles has it's own foliate or floral emblem. For Ireland, it's the shamrock; Wales, the daffodil; England famously has the rose; and for Scotland, it is the thistle. This unusual Scottish wax seal ring dates to 1875. The 9k rose gold mounting holds an amethyst intaglio carved with a double-headed thistle and the words "Fair ta ye". ((details)) Materials: 9k rose gold, amethyst intaglio Age: c. 1875 Condition: Excellent Size: US 4.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 4.8mm hoop Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
"Probably the most common reminder of wafers is the wafer seal and this cross hatched seal matrix is one of the most common seals at antique fairs. These hatched seals could also be used for sealing wax, but they are more commonly associate with wafers. The wafer seal was also frequently designed into writing equipment and it is often a surprising accessory in quill knives, pencils and conventional seals."