Queen Elizabeth delighted in these whimsical impress devices that helped to convey her sentiments and one of her favorites was the sinking ship under a rainbow with the sentiment TO WHAT AVAIL IF I PERISH? Since there is a rainbow in several of the Queen's portraits, this device likely complains of some tardy and ineffectual token of her favor.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” - Lord Byron
- description -
A ship, in rough water, sinking under a rainbow and surrounded by the Latin words QUID TU SI PEREO which translate TO WHAT AVAIL IF I PERISH?
This seal is a noted Latin seal (Mr. William Tassie) however, if it were Italian it has a different translation: WHEN YOU SEE IT.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a ship symbolizes sea voyage and a rainbow symbolizes good times after bad.
Hand cast from a Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) glass block wax seal shown in two of the photos, not available for purchase.
- approximate measurement - 5/8” (16mm x 17mm)
- shown with an old US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here.
The sea serpent charm holder is available here.
Impressed with history!