Seals were quite literally used to "seal" an envelope, by placing melted wax has on an envelope that has been closed, and pressing the seal onto the still warm wax which would break once open, preventing anyone from opening it before the intended recipient, and here is a wonderful antique seal from the Victorian era that looks and feels so beautiful to touch.
Dating from the 1860's, the handle of the seal is made in gorgeous brecciated agate which not only displays such wonderful colours, but has an equally beautiful natural pattern to it that will have you admiring it from all angles.
The base is made in 18 carat yellow gold and is set with a piece of carnelian that has been hand engraved with initials that adds to the allure of this piece knowing that it was used over a century ago for the purpose that it was made, and makes it a more wonderful talking piece.
Measuring 65mm from top to bottom, the base measures 15.4mm by 14.2mm, and this will look wonderful on a desk and be perfect for that hard to buy for person in your life.
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Antique Brecciated agate seal
This antique seal will make a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life.
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.
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