A gift for so many milestones and occasions in life... retirement, graduation, relationship, bad habit, or any change in life where a conscious decision is made, an oak tree wax seal necklace, THROUGH. Out of a ducal coronet crown, an oak tree trunk is penetrated by a frame saw with the motto THROUGH in the banner below it. Inspirational wax seal jewelry.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a tree is symbolic of strength, knowledge, antiquity and also life and the mystical connection of the earth with heaven and the underworld. The oak stands for the resilience in us all.
- approximate measurement - 3/4" in width (19mm x 20mm)
- 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 an antique desk wax seal, which dates back to 1900.
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Impressed with history!
This was the crest and motto for many Hamilton's throughout Scotland and some from Wales.
One legend has it that in 1325 Gilbert de Hamilton killed a man he did not agree with and then he and his attendant fled the scene. He entered a forest in Scotland and realized he was close to being captured so he and his attendant changed clothes with some woodcutters and with a frame saw began felling an oak tree. As his enemies closed in his attendant looked so nervous that Hamilton yelled "THROUGH" in hopes of distracting the attention from his nervous attendant. THROUGH is the traditional woodcutters exclamation, used the same way TIMBER is yelled in North America. In celebration of the escape the oak tree and a frame saw became the Hamilton coat of arms and THROUGH became their motto.
And look at the wax seal handle... it is signed by Karlsbad and is a Karlsbad pietra dura mosaic which is a hard-stone inlay mosaic. If you look closely at the matrix, the part of the seal with the engraving, there are 2 metals - it looks like the intaglio in bronze was bonded to the original steel matrix of the seal. I wonder what is hiding there?