An Early 18thC Boxwood & Brass Continental Desk Seal

Seal Detail

A boxwood and brass desk seal, dating to the early to mid 18th century, of Continental origin.  The handle of unusual flattened and pierced vertical oval form with straight-sided horizontal oval cushion, with an incised "X" position mark; the oval brass matrix well engraved with an angled shield bearing unidentified arms within elaborate plumy mantling.

A beautiful seal with lovely patina in great overall condition.  There is a historic age split vertically in the handle on both sides but the seal remains intact and strong. 


Finlay Collection, Phillips Carlisle, 21 May 1996, lot 37 (part)


M. Finlay, Western Writing Implements, 1990, p.184, pl. 331

Seal Specification

Height 45mm

Diameter of matrix  17mmx22mm

Weight 12g