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