I CRAKE NOTIS or I crack nuts says the squirrel munching on a nut on this very rustic and cheeky little medieval wax seal necklace pendant.
- description -
A little squirrel holding a nut in its paws surrounded by a Latin legend, in Lombardic script, that begins with a little six pointed star and reads I CRAKE NOTIS which translates I CRACK NUTS and in its day was classified as witty. It was actually a common wax seal and legend, readily available for purchase "over the counter."
- symbolism -
Some historians say that the cracking of nuts could be an analogy for cracking open a seal, when it was used to close and secure a letter, or it could describe the ability of the owner (of the seal) to deal with difficult situations or tough negotiations but others suggest it has a more bawdy meaning and it symbolized sexual conquest.
In heraldry, a squirrel symbolizes a lover of the woods.
Hand cast from a small round bronze chessman type wax seal, that dates back to the 14th century. This little seal spent centuries in the ground before being unearthed, as evidenced by the beat up corroded edges, as shown in the photo.
- approximate measurement - between 5/8" - 3/4” (17mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- photographed with an old US dime
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
Impressed with history!
*You can see a seal matrix just like this in the collection at the Museum of London: http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/37618.html