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Triple Sided Georgian Gold Seal

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This 15ct gold seal was made circa 1815. It is triple sided and the cornelian agate has been carved with family crests of a Baronet.

The intaglios are finely engraved. The first one is a dog holding a shell which could indicate a pilgrimage to a place such as Compostella that the family had undertaken at some point in their history. There is a garter below with the family motto. “Pramium virtutis honor” which translates “Honor is the reward for virtue”. Then there is a monogram within.

The second side is the family coat of arms which includes a hand in a shield and a cross. The third side is a good carved intaglio of a head in the antique style. This was popular in the late 18th and early 19th century as many families went on the Grand Tour to Italy where they studied antiquity.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
Measurements1in (2.5cm) in width by 1.25in (3.2cm) in height
ConditionGood, the cornelian has slight nicks on one side where the gold side is riveted through, there is wear associated with it's age around the engraved edges of the intaglios
Materials Gold AgateCarnelian
HallmarksUnmarked
ProvenanceEnglish
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