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About This Object
A circular black seal with a domed gold back, a floral motif and a hole in the centre. This intaglio was probably worn as a signet ring or seal on a necklace. It is decorated, in intaglio, so that it would leave a raised (relief) impression of the design when the ring is pressed onto soft sealing wax or a similar material. This is the personal seal of an individual. The front of the seal contains a family crest consisting of three horse heads surrounded by an elaborate shield design. It is believed to belong to the Howe Family. Brigadier General George Augustine, 3rd Viscount Howe, was already in North America and this could have been amongst additional baggage in transit or perhaps in the baggage of his younger brother, Lieutenant-Colonel William, 5th Viscount Howe who was commanding Officer of Anstruther’s 58th Regiment and on his way to North America.
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Diameter: 18mm (11/16")
Depth: 6mm (1/4")
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century