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.
Hand cast from just a portion of an antique Georgian wheel wax seal (1714 - 1830), shown in the last photograph.
The full size wax seal depicts the skull surrounded by the classical Latin words ES FVI SVM ERIS, written in the old Latin alphabet style when the shape of the letter V represented both the vowel U and the consonant V.
Now that the letter U has been added to the Latin alphabet it would read
ES FUI SUM ERIS.
Either way, it translates THOU ART, I WAS, I AM, THOU WILT BE
or AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I, AS I AM NOW SO MUST YOU BE.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the skull is a symbol of mortality and a reminder that life is short so make it matter!
- approximate wax seal measurement - just over 1/4" (8mm)
- shown with an old US dime for scale
- 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!