A Victorian chased silver sealing wax case.

The case, which has a camel finial, has a small compartment for the vestas, or matches, used to melt the sealing wax. When envelopes first came into use in the mid 19th Century, they were ungummed and the practice of applying sealing wax, which had been in use since the Middle Ages, continued, ensuring that the letter was read only by the person to whom it was addressed.

REFERENCE: SIL05012 (part)

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