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Rare Beechwood Ecclesiastical Desk Stamp

Seal Detail

An attractive wood desk stamp dating to the mid-19th century, the turned handle of spindle form terminating in an integral vessica-shaped cushion and matrix, engraved with a central image of two crosses between which is the inscription reading:

SIG * HYACINTHI * BOUSQUET * PAROCH * ECCLES * SALVATERRAE 

+ AVOD  DEVS  ?OLT(?)

This stamp has proved to be quite a conundrum as it has never been clear to what it relates to, other than a parochial church region.  However, despite its reluctance to give up its history, the fact still remains that the material, the shape and the engraving produce a very beguiling item and one that is sure to offer further frustration!

Seal Specification

Height 115mm

Diameter of matrix  25mmx42mm

Weight 65g