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Title: 1934F103.4 Signet Matrix - Seal
Description: 1934F103.4
Signet Matrix - Seal, 1770
Possibly made in Birmingham
Presented by Francis Buckley, 1934.
A 'signet' or 'seal matrix' is a small stamp used for impressing the mark of its owner in wax onto documents. This is one of a collection of twenty-seven acquired by the museum in 1934. The majority of examples are finely made of moulded translucent glass, in this case purple. Amusingly, the design is of a signet. The inscription, 'PUSH', refers to the action of impressing the signet into the surface of the wax!
Social history
18th Century
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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