Two Victorian Silver Sealing Wax Cases.

Maker’s mark S.J., London, 1893 and Goldsmiths’ & Silversmiths’ Company, London, 1899, both chased with scrolls, lobes and flowers, one with figure finial, the other with camel finial, length 20.3cm and 19cm.

One with a small compartment for the vestas (matches) used to melt the sealing wax. From the Middle Ages onward, sealing wax was used to secure folded letters. When envelopes came into use in the mid 19th Century, they were initially ungummed and the practice of applying sealing wax to ensure that the letter was read only by the person to whom it was addressed, continued.

REFERENCE: SIL05012

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