Make a bold and hopeful statement wearing this large skeleton and his widow wax seal necklace with the sentiment I HOPE FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.
The interesting wax seal depicts an oval in the center which reads, in Latin, SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM SCHONDEL with the initials JFA.
A skeleton and a woman holding a bird leaning on a large anchor flank the oval.
An hour glass, a rake and a scythe, a wheat sheaf are engraved under the oval. The engraving at the top could be an infinity symbol.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a skeleton symbolizes mortality.
I could use the assistance of a sigillographer with this seal! My best guess is that it once belonged to a widow, the oval center suggests this, along with the facts that she is leaning on a large anchor and there is a skeleton where I presume her husband used to be. It's likely the couple were agricultural farmers.
The Latin SPES MIHI translates I HOPE and SUMMUM BONUM translates HIGHEST GOOD so it is presumed that SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM translates I HOPE FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.
SCHONDEL could be the surname.
Hand cast from a large, heavy steel Georgian era (1714 - 1830) desk wax seal.
- approximate wax seal measurement - 1 1/2" (36mm x 33mm)
- photographed next to an old 1937 US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- select the necklace chain length in shiny silver or oxidized silver or just the charm at checkout.
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here.
You'll notice that the necklace chains shown in photos 4, 5, 6, and 7 are a thicker rolo chain. It is 30" in length, and approximately 5mm thick and will be available separately.
There's more jewelry made by using just a portion of this antique seal - earrings, pendants, and a skeleton ring.
Impressed with history!