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Title: 1998F571 Signet Matrix - Seal
Description: 1998F571
Signet Matrix - Seal Matrix, 1750- 1850
Possibly made in Birmingham
A 'signet' or 'seal matrix' is a small stamp used for impressing the mark of its owner in wax onto documents.In medieval times, many signets were made of metal. 18th and 19th century examples are often made of moulded translucent glass, in this case blue in colour. This particular example, with its design of two hearts upon an altar, seems to have been intended as a marriage or love token.
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Blue
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19th Century
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Social history
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18th Century
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Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Glass
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Heart
   
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0