Be ever optimistic with a lovely Great Britain Royal Navy fouled anchor wax seal necklace pendant - a fouled anchor is difficult to raise.
"A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope" ~ Epictetus.
- description -
The fouled anchor is surrounded by a Latin legend that begins on the bottom of the seal, marked with a tiny flower followed by
SIGIL: OFFI: MAG: ADMIR: MAG: BR: & c.
It is the SEAL of the OFFICE of the LORD HIGH ADMIRAL of GREAT BRITAIN once used by an Admiralty clerk on official papers.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the anchor is a symbol of well grounded hope, salvation and steadfastness.
The fouled anchor is symbolic of ships, seamanship and the seafaring tradition.
Hand cast from a seal from an antique British desk wax seal that dates back to the 18th - 19th century. You can see the matrix and a bit of the ivory handle in the photo but it is not available for purchase.
- approximate measurement - 5/8" by 3/4” (16mm x 20mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed with an old US dime for scale
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
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Impressed with history!
I continue to research this historical desk seal once belonging to an admiral in the British Royal Navy. The handle is turned bone and the matrix steel, suggesting that this is very, very old. If you have any information about Royal Navy desk seals please do share!