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Title: 1934F103.25 Signet Matrix - Seal
Description: 1934F103.25
Signet Matrix - Seal Matrix
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 made of moulded translucent glass. This particular one seems to be a blue paste. The inscription suggests it may have been intended as a love token, as it reads: 'JE VIS EN ESPOIR' ('I live in hope')
Social history
18th Century
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0