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Send the message of HOPE with a lovely post medieval fouled anchor wax seal necklace pendant with a banner draped across it that reads HOPE.

"A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope" ~ Epictetus.

- description -
There is a banner the reads HOPE draped across the fouled anchor.
Note that time and use have worn the surface of this seal a bit so HOPE is a little hard to read.

- symbolism -
In heraldry, the anchor is a symbol of well grounded hope, salvation and steadfastness.
The fouled anchor symbolizes ships, seamanship and the seafaring tradition and a fouled anchor is difficult to raise.

Hand cast from a British sterling silver fob seal that was manufactured by Thomas Willmore at Birminghamfrom in 1799. I've included a photo of this beautiful seal and more info about it below.

- approximate measurement - 5/8" by 3/4” (16mm x 19mm)
- 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!

*Fob seal origin: I was thrilled to find this anchor seal while researching other seals on the UK finds database!
The post-Medieval silver seal matrix was manufactured by Thomas Willmore at Birmingham in 1799.
This matrix has an oval die and an elaborate handle. The openwork handle consists of two back-to- back scrolls surmounted by an ovolo terminal. Between the handle and die there is a short stem, circular in cross-section. The oval die has a cast fouled anchor. It has a plain stock, large flukes and a rope ring. An oblique scroll across the shank has the word: 'HOPE'.
The stamped hallmark situated on the upper face of the die: a lion passant, anchor, sovereign's head, lower case 'b' and maker's mark: T W indicates that it was manufactured in Birmingham by Thomas Willmore in 1799 (Bly 1988: 61).