Oxidized Sterling Silver 18" Chain
This nautical wax seal pendant was hand cast in bronze art clay and fired in our kiln then oxidized for an old world antique finish. The pendant is roughly 1 inch in diameter. The sterling silver chain and clasp is 18" long.
This item is custom made to order, please allow up to 7 business days for your order to be made.
Also please know that due to its hand made nature, each piece will vary slightly in appearance but never in quality. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate and we will be happy to help you.
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The History of Wax Seals
The use of seals can be traced back to the world’s earliest civilizations.
The use of wax seals did not begin until the Middle Ages. Kings, clergy, and royal courts used them in issuing official decrees and authenticating documents. By the 13th century, the use of wax seals spread from aristocrats to the ordinary freemen. Each had their own seal, and in a time when many were illiterate, they were used in place of a signature to authenticate legal or personal documents.
The wax was pressed with a handheld stamp or with a signet ring bearing the owner’s crest or coat of arms. In fact, the kissing of a signet ring of a noble became customary as a sign of respect and allegiance. Later, monograms and novelty stamps featuring popular motifs (such as Aesop’s Fables) were used for personal correspondence and very in vogue during the Victorian era.
Though not of wax, collecting seals as Medallions also became fashionable for stops along the European Grand Tours of the 18th and 19th centuries, a tradition amongst the wealthy aristocracy. James Tassie, a Scottish engraver, reproduced many artistic works of antiquity in miniature, as well as portraitures of well-known people of his era and were highly collected.
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