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Georgian Gold & Agate Seal with Crest Intaglio of the Maclean Family

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An unusual and quite large Georgian seal with The MacLeans of Coll Coat of Arms. It is a palish green agate and is mounted in 9ct gold and was made circa 1820.
Below are the details of the crest.

The coat of arms of Alexander Maclean of Coll, matriculated in Lyon Court 24 February 1803: “Quarterly, first or, a hill rising from the base; second, argent, a dexter hand and arm issuant from the sinister in fess gules and holding a cross crosslet fitched in pale azure; third, argent, a galley, her oars erect in saltyr sails furled sable and flags displayed gules; fourth, per fess or and azure, in chief two hawk’s heads couped and affrontee gules, in base a salmon naiant proper. Above the shield is placed a helmet befitting his degree with a mantling gules, the doubling argent. In a wreath of his liveries is set for crest a battle-axe erect in pale, crossed by a branch of laurel and cypress in saltyr all proper. In an escroll above this motto ‘Altera Merces.’ Supporters, on the dexter a greyhound proper collared and leashed gules, on the sinister an ostrich proper, in its beak a horse shoe azure. Motto below ‘Virtus Durissima Terit.’ meaning “The hardest power or virtue” Motto above ‘Altera Merces’ meaning “Other reward”.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Very Good




Gold Agate


Unmarked, tested to 9ct gold


Seal 3.1 cm by 2.8 cm
Height from top of loop 4.2 cm

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