19thC Ebony and Steel Crest Pocket Seal - ROOKE, Kent
Unusual ebony desk seal and case circa 1830 which has been identified belonging to F W Rooke of Horton, Kent who later became Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1842 and a memorial for him stands in St Cyriacs, Lacock. The ebony case is an ingenious affair with twin threads enabling the seal to be kept covered when not in use but extended with the second thread when used. The tuned wood case is in very good condition except for one historical crack on the collar where the tapering steel matrix is affixed. The circular steel matrix is engraved with a lined shield border within which are two crests, one of which belongs to Rooke (an arm in armour embowed ppr., garnished or, holding in the gauntlet a pistol of the last, the arm environed with a trumpet arg.
Height 75mm Closed 55mm
Diameter of matrix 13cm