Brass Desk Seal of the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, Bermondsey

A brass desk seal made circa 1839 for the Convent of Our Lady in Bermondsey, London.

Seal Detail

This desk seal recalls a little but important part of London history being that it was made for the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy which was established in 1839 as part of a now world-wide Order  Five of its nuns went with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea. There appears still to be a catholic Convent in Bermondsey although the original one was destroyed by bombing during WWII.  The seal comprises a fruitwood handle of inverted baluster form, tapering to a banded brass collar and oval brass matrix is nicely engraved with a central figure of Our Lady standing holding her Child with her left arm; an aureole of seven stars (pierced estoiles) encircle her head and shoulders, with an inscription reading:


Seal Specification

Height 83mm (3.26")

Diameter of matrix  37mmx26mm (1.45"x1.02")

Weight 65g (2.29oz)