19thC English Hardstone and Carnelian Armorial Desk Seal - Hargreaves of Arborfield

Seal Detail

A hardstone and carnelian armorial desk seal, the handle of mainly white to pale brown chalcedony, of rounded top form and tapering to a plain band gold metal collar with twisted rope design, to an oval cushion with rope design, the obverse featuring an oval carnelian matrix, well engraved with the full arms for Hargreaves of Arborefield, comprising quartered shield under a helm, crest above, mantling and motto at the base reading:

FORTITUDINE ET PRUDENTIA (Courage and Prudence) 

Presented in excellent condition with no discernible damage to handle nor matrix.

Seal Specification

Height 88mm

Diameter of matrix 16mmx20mm 

Weight 69g