A Group of Three 19th Century Desk Seals.

One with an ivory handle, the hardstone matrix engraved with a marquess’s coronet, one with a facetted hardstone handle, the silver-gilt matrix engraved with the letter B beneath a coronet and one as a gold fob, the hardstone matrix engraved with the Exeter crest. Such seals would be applied to melted sealing wax to secure an envelope, as illustrated on the reverse of one of the two envelopes nearby, which were sent to the Marquess of Exeter by Queen Victoria in March 1852. At this time, and indeed well into the 20th Century, one could send a letter in the morning and receive a reply in the afternoon; impromptu get-togethers were just as possible then as they are today in our modern technological world!

REFERENCE: VER12052 (part), VER12076 (part)

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