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Antique jewellery is so often so unique with such wonderful features and characteristics that are no longer seen in modern jewellery, and this is exemplified here in this amazing antique seal that hides a secret photo locket compartment in the base. Going back as far as Roman times, after a letter was sealed with wax, the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, the wax seal could not be used again. Remaining popular all through the Georgian and Victorian periods right up to the Edwardian era when this one was made, the look of seals are always so unique to one another and look wonderful on a necklace. Made in 9 carat rose gold in 1906, the beautiful scroll work on the seal alone is so wonderful to admire as is the bloodstone set into the base of the seal. The base measures 21.6mm by 18.1mm and stands 24.7mm high and the colour of the rose gold has that wonderful warm tone to it that has achieved such a wonderful patina to it. Opening the base where the bloodstone is set reveals a secret photo locket that makes it so much more special and unique than any other locket or seal. Antiques are made all the more wonderful in thinking who owned and wore this seal and whose photo was placed secretly inside. From near or far, this will not only always be admired, but also be such a wonderful conversation starter. Stock# ES8064 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1906 $1,750
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Seals have been used for centuries to literally "seal" an envelope with hot wax that is then pressed with a seal such as this one to leave a pattern in the wax which will break if anyone tries to open the envelope therefore preventing tampering, and here is a magnificent Victorian era antique seal with an exquisitely hand carved intaglio on the base. Dating from the 1870's, the seal was made in rolled gold which was a technique that started during the Industrial Revolution. Made by rolling a sheet of gold over a base metal, this allows for a solid sheet of gold to be clad to the metal which can easily be polished and engraved as opposed to gold plating which is done via electricity and is not as strong or long lasting. The elegant form of this seal is just wonderful and will look so beautiful hanging from a chain around the neck and always be such a conversation started. Measuring 42.8mm high, the base measures 31.2mm by 26.5mm and is set with a hand carved intaglio in rock crystal. The quality of this intaglio is up there with the best of the best and the amount of time that would have been needed to hand carve this would have been immense. Combine this with the fact that this was all done approximately 140 years ago, and this makes it even more astonishing. From every angle that you look at it, this is no doubt one of the finest antique seals around, and one that will always be commented on for its style and grace. Stock# ES8062 Circa: 1870 $Sold.
Here is such a poignant antique bloodstone seal engraved with a beautiful sentiment on the base written in French, "Ne Moubliez Paz" which translates to "Forget me not" and even though the history of who owned this seal all those years ago is lost, it is nice to think that this was a gift given to a lover so they would continue to remember one another fondly. Seals have been used for centuries to literally "seal" an envelope with wax to prevent the letter from being opened and read, as once the seal is broken, the true recipient of the letter would know that someone else had read it before them. This one dates from the 1870's and was made in 15ct rose gold and measures a very sweet 20mm high by 11.4mm wide and 12.8mm deep. This would allow htis to sit so well on a chain around the neck or even as a wonderful and very unique charm on a bracelet. The base is set with bloodstone which was carved with the sentiment as well as a flower - a forget me not flower - as one would expect making this even more sweet and romantic. Not only is this so elegant and full of charm, but it will also be such a wonderful talking point as well as being able to take you back to a bygone era. Stock# ES6658 Circa: 1870 $Sold
So elegant and with beautiful detail, this antique Edwardian era amethyst seal made in 1901 will look fantastic when now worn around the neck or even attached to a bracelet. Seals have been used for centuries as a way to prevent someone from tampering with a letter by quite literally sealing the envelope in wax and pressing the seal in which would break once the letter is opened. Often made in rolled gold or gold filled, this one is solid gold and fully hallmarked for being made in Birmingham in 1901. This lovely Edwardian era seal measures 33.9mm high by 28.1mm by 15.7mm on the base. Set with a lovely amethyst that captures the light so well, it also complements the gold perfectly. With so much detail and the history behind seals, this will also be a wonderful talking point and conversation starter. Stock# ES7061 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1901 $Sold.
Originally used when one wanting to "seal" an envelope to prevent anyone else opening or tampering with it, the use of a seal goes as far back as Roman times, and here is a lovely antique 9ct rose gold bloodstone seal made in 1901. Seals now look wonderful when worn on a necklace or an Albert/fob chain around the neck or attached to a bracelet, and of course also make a perfect desk accessory with the bloodstone base still able to be engraved with a family crest, intaglio or initials. More often than not, these antique seals were gold lined/filled, so it is nice to get one that is solid gold, and this one bears not only the gold carat stamp, but also the date and county hallmarks for being made in Chester in 1901. Measuring 28.8mm high, the base measures 21.2mm by 18.6mm and is set with bloodstone which has a green colour with red flecks and left as is or engraved always looks great. This antique seal is in wonderful condition and no matter where or how it is worn or used, this will always be admired. Stock# ES7692 Hallmarked: Chester 1901 $Sold
"Sealing" a letter goes back to Roman times and was when after a letter was written and placed in an envelope, the envelope would be sealed with wax, and the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, this would show evidence of someone opening the letter, and here is a very attractive and unique antique seal set with an eagle and a snake from the Victorian era. Made in 18ct gold, this seal dates from around the 1860's and is set on the base with an uncarved piece of sardonyx which is from the quartz family and was often used for seals due to its hardness. Designed with a wonderful eagle and a snake, these two animals have so much detail and make this seal so incredible. Measuring 26mm high, the oval base measures 19mm by 15.5mm and this seal will look so good on the end of a fob chain if worn by a gent or as a magnificent pendant on a lovely solid chain. Antique seals are such a reminder of a time gone by and this one is just so attractive and special. Stock# ES7119 Circa: 1860 $Sold.
Dating from the 1870's this antique seal with a serpent has such a unique and character filled style to it and will continue to look increrdible when worn around the neck or even used as a seal. This technique of sealing a letter, goes back as far as Roman times and after a letter was sealed with wax, the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, the wax seal could not be used again and this was a technique used all the way through to the Victorian era. Made in 18ct gold, it even used two colours of gold - yellow gold and the rare green gold that can be seen towards the bottom of the seal. And then of course there is the fabulous serpent that wraps itself around and actually becomes the part to hold and attache to a chain. The serpent used to represent longevity and is often found in jewellery from the Victorian era when this seal was made. And then set with a turquoise on the top that really adds some colour, this is such a fantastic seal that from every angle shows something new and unique about it. On the base is a bloodstone base which has remained uncarved and can be carved with an intaglio of your own or left as it is. Bloodstone is a hard material from the quartz family with a dark green body colour and flecks of red through the stone and was a common material used for seals as it is an incredibly durable material. Measuring 20.6mm high by 15.9mm by 13.4mm this antique seal is just so unique and special and a real talking point no matter where or how it is worn or used. Stock# ES7121 Circa: 1820 $2,200
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Going back as far as Roman times, after a letter was sealed with wax, the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, the wax seal could not be used again and here is a very lovely antique 15ct gold seal dating from the Victorian era. Dating from the 1870's the design alone is just gorgeous and although originally used as a necessary item to seal an envelope, today they look gorgeous hanging from a chain around the neck. This one measures 29.2mm by 24.7mm at the base by 30mm tall and the the intaglio seal itself is made from rock crystal that has been hand carved expertly to show off a family crest. So beautiful in the warm colour of the rose gold, this antique seal really is a way to wear a piece of history around your neck. Stock# ES7000 Circa: 1870 $2,300
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