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Wear a lost and found artifact, with a bushy tailed squirrel nibbling a nut wax seal necklace pendant, the medieval wax seal first intended for a man named Ralph.

- description -
A little squirrel holding a nut in its paws surrounded by a Latin legend, in Lombardic script, that begins with a six pointed star and reads *S' RADVLEI.LE.CHAPMA which translates to the SEAL OF RALPH. It was the personal seal of a Medieval trader named Ralph, who was a Chapman, meaning he traveled from village to village selling the items he carried.
Notice that the seal is engraved CHAPMA without the N... the seal engraver ran out of space so skipped the N and leaving out letters was actually fairly common with the medieval seals... and just one more reason they are so difficult to read and translate.

- symbolism -
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 and shown in the photo.

- approximate measurement - 3/4” (20mm)
- 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!