Keep it together (your tie, that is) with a tiny sterling silver skull tie tack, a wonderful wax seal accessory... a skull lapel pin, jacket pin, hat pin... be creative! Memento mori! This little skull pin is a captivating tiny treasure reminding us that death comes to all living things.
You could leave life right now... let that determine what you do and say and think ~ Aurelius
The tie tack was first introduced back in the 1800's to keep the Four in Hand tie in place so that it wouldn't shift and wrinkle. Later, it became a very popular men's accessory, with all sorts of choices in design and material.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the skull symbolizes mortality so make now matter.
Hand cast from just a portion of an antique Georgian wheel wax seal (1714 - 1830), shown in the last photograph but not available for purchase.
The full size wax seal depicts the skull surrounded by Latin words ES FUI SUM ERIS which translate AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I, AS I AM NOW SO MUST YOU BE or YOU ARE AS I HAVE BEEN, YOU WILL BE AS I AM
- approximate wax seal measurement - just over 1/4" (8mm)
- shown with an old US dime, same size as a current dime
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- tie tack clutch - stainless steel
- please note that this listing is for one tie tack.
Impressed with history!