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Signet Matrix - Seal Matrix

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1998F571
Collection:Social History
Date:1750 - 1850


A 'signet' or 'seal matrix' is a small stamp used for impressing the mark of its owner in wax onto documents.In medieval times, many signets were made of metal. 18th and 19th century examples are often made of moulded translucent glass, in this case blue in colour. This particular example, with its design of two hearts upon an altar, seems to have been intended as a marriage or love token.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Place of Origin:Birmingham - possibly, England


Height:1.5 cm
Width:1.3 cm
Depth:0.4 cm