What an interesting wax seal necklace, loaded with symbolism with an owl, a book, the scales of justice, a sword and a battle axe. All this sits under the Latin motto FIDES ET TIME which translates FAITH AND FEAR.
Make is a gift for the owl lover, the student, the book lover, the lawyer, the judge, the lover of Latin, the scholar, one with the initials WR...
- description -
The owl stands on an open book, with the intended owners initials WR on its pages. It appears that next to the owl are his spectacles and behind the book are the scales of justice, a sword and a battle axe. All this sits under the Latin motto FIDES ET TIME which translates FAITH AND FEAR.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the owl is symbolic of one who is vigilant and quick witted.
Balances have traditionally been a symbol of fairness and justice. They were adopted as a symbol by the Company of Bakers in London and are still used today as a symbol of an unbiased court system.
The open book signifies manifestation and is also considered a symbol of learning.
The sword is the emblem of military honor and should incite the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue in warlike deeds. It is also symbolic of liberty and strength.
The battle axe, or hatchet represents execution of military duty.
Hand cast from an intricately detailed European wax seal dates back to the 1800's, partially shown in a photo.
- approximate measurement - almost 7/8” (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.
Impressed with history!