A truly special historical wax seal necklace with the image of a kneeling male slave, in chains, surrounded by the words AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER.
In 1787 the renowned potter Josiah Wedgwood, a prominent abolitionist, introduced the image of a male slave with the caption AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER. In 1828 a female version was created to reflect the increasing role that women played in the abolitionist movement.
- approximate measurement - just over 3/4" x 3/4" (20mm x 19mm)
- photographed with a US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout
Impressed from a Georgian, late 1820’s, engraved clear glass seal by the artisan William Tassie, a renowned glass and gem engraver and portraitist, living and working in Leicester Square, London. It’s shown in the photo but not available for purchase.
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here.
Some photos depict a slightly thicker cable chain which is available here.
The image and motto became the emblem of the anti-slavery movement and appeared on abolitionist paraphernalia circulated in America and Britain in the 1800’s. In addition to wax seals, you might find them on tokens, in pamphlets and books, as well as on bracelets, hairpins, brooches and even snuffboxes. They were very popular at anti-slavery events and sold at the fund-raising fairs.
Find the seal with the image of a female slave surrounded by the sentiment AM I NOT A WOMAN AND A SISTER here.
You can find several of these historic seals in the collection at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. The last photo depicts 4 of the late 1820’s engraved glass seals, by the artisan William Tassie, in their collection.
Impressed with history!