A late 19th Century gold triple desk seal.

The seal, cast with scrolls and gryphons, has three engraved matrices, one inscribed ‘Georgiana’ beneath a coronet, one with the initials ‘GSP’ and one with the Exeter arms. It belonged to Lady Georgina Sophia Pakenham (1827-1909), who in 1848 became the wife of William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895). It is something of a mystery that the name ‘Georgiana’ is inscribed on one matrix, as the Marchioness was named Georgina, although, perhaps rather confusingly, her mother the Countess of Longford (d.1880) was named Georgiana. It could perhaps be that Georgina incorporated one of her mother’s seals into a new and more complex one of her own.


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