Make a lasting impression with this sterling silver skull and crossbones, crown, royal sceptre and orb MEMENTO MORI wax seal necklace pendant.
You could leave life right now... let that determine what you do and say and think ~ Aurelius
- description -
The centered skull and crossbones sits under a royal St. Edward's Crown, between a Sovereign's Sceptre topped with a fleur de lis (or a stylized dove as is the royal sceptre) and a Sovereign’s Orb all surrounded by the sentiment MEMENTO MORI.
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.
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.
- symbolism -
It's likely that this seal commemorates a member of the royal family, quite likely one in the Stuart Monarchy, but that point continues to be researched.
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. A cross above a globe, it represents ‘Christ’s dominion over the world’, as the Monarch is God’s representative on Earth.
The Latin motto MEMENTO MORI roughly translates REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST DIE and is a grim reminder to remember your mortality. Life is short, make now matter.
Hand cast from a mid 18th century Georgian steel swivel fob wax seal.
The last photo depicts the back of the wax seal charm and the reverse of the swivel fob seal.
The intaglio engraving depicts the deceased gentlemen for which we are all reminded MEMENTO MORI... to remember that we, too, will die.
- approximate measurement - 5/8" by 3/4” (17mm x 19mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed with an old US dime, same size as a current dime
- 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 larger skull and crossbones memento mori wax seal necklace, shown in the last photo, is available here.
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