A skull and crossbones wax seal necklace, the skull surrounded by the crown jewels: the crown, royal scepter, orb and the words MEMENTO MORI ... magnificent wax seal jewelry.
Note, the words MEMENTO MORI are challenging to read on the wax seal charm, just as they are on the original steel intaglio fob from which the charm is impressed.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the skull and crossbones symbolize mortality.
St. Edward's Crown is the chief symbol of regal authority.
The Sovereign's Sceptre with a Dove, also known as the Rod of Equity and Mercy, is emblematic of his or her spiritual role. It represents the sovereign's spiritual role, with the dove representing the Holy Ghost.
The Sovereign’s Orb is a symbol of Godly power.
The Latin motto MEMENTO MORI roughly translates REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST DIE and is a grim reminder that death comes to all living things and life is short so make now matter.
- approximate measurement - 3/4" x 5/8" (19mm x 17mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed with an old US dime for scale
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
Hand crafted from a mid 18th century Georgian steel swivel fob wax seal.
It's likely that this seal commemorates a member of the royal family, quite likely one in the Stuart Monarchy. The St. Edward's Crown, along with the orb and sceptre, are three authoritative symbols of the monarchy and used at the coronation of each new sovereign. They are parts of the Crown Jewels which are kept at the Tower of London in the Jewel House.
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here.
The larger skull and crossbones memento mori wax seal necklace, shown in the last photo, is available here.
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