Make an impression with these small silver skeleton and widow wax seal necklace pendants ... or choose just the skeleton or widow charm ... memento mori
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." ~ George Bernard Shaw
- description -
Here I've used just a portion of an interesting large wax seal. The full size wax seal depicts a skeleton and a woman, likely his widow, holding a bird leaning on a large anchor flank a large oval.
An hour glass, a rake and a scythe, a wheat sheaf are engraved under the oval and the engraving at the top could be an infinity symbol.
The oval in the center reads, in Latin, SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM SCHONDEL with the initials JFA.
Select just the skeleton, just the widow, or both the skeleton and his widow at checkout.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a skeleton is symbolic of mortality.
My best guess is that the wax seal once belonged to a widow, the oval center suggests this, along with the facts that she is leaning on a large anchor and there is a skeleton where I presume her husband used to be. It's likely the couple were agricultural farmers.
SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM translates I HOPE FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.
SCHONDEL could be the surname.
Hand cast from just a portion of a large, heavy steel Georgian era (1714 - 1830) desk wax seal.
- approximate wax seal measurement - 7/8" x 1/4" (21mm x 7mm) - very small
- photographed next to an old US dime for reference to size
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp
- select the necklace chain length in shiny silver or oxidized silver or just the charm at checkout.
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here. And if you'd prefer an oxidized chain (antiqued) to the shiny chain shown, simply make this request at checkout in the "add a note to your order" box.
Impressed with history!