Wear a virtuous lion wax seal pendant necklace, a symbol of courage. A lovely inspirational gift that originally belonged to a Baron, Howard of Effingham.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." ~ Anais Nin
- description -
This lion is standing above a banner which reads, in Latin, VIRTUS MILLE SCUTA which translates VIRTUE IS AS GOOD AS A THOUSAND SHIELDS or VIRTUE EQUALS A THOUSAND SHIELDS.
In Latin, VIRTUS encompasses the sense of moral virtue, but also physical prowess, resourcefulness, bravery and more.
- symbolism -
The lion is considered to be the king of beasts. In heraldry, the lion symbolizes bravery, strength, valor, and royalty. It’s a common charge in heraldry and this lion is a lion statant guardant... with all four feet on the ground.
Hand cast from a rare 19th century desk wax seal that I've included in the photos.
Through extended research, I have learned, specifically, that this antique wax seal was originally owned by Howard of Effingham, a Baron, and is described as:
on a chapeau, turned up, a lion statant, gardant, (tail extended), or, gorged with a ducal coronet. It is Plate 7, crest 14 in Fairbairns Crests.
- approximate measurement - almost 3/4” (18mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 recycled 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.
Impressed with history!