I crack nuts says the squirrel munching on a nut on this very rustic and cheeky little medieval squirrel wax seal necklace pendant. The little squirrel holding a nut in its paws is surrounded by the Latin legend I CRAKE NOTIS which translates I CRACK NUTS and in its day was classified as witty. It was actually a common wax seal and legend, readily available for purchase "over the counter." Witty medieval wax seal jewelry.
- symbolism -
Some historians say that the cracking of nuts could be an analogy for cracking open a seal, when it was used to close and secure a letter, or it could describe the ability of the owner (of the seal) to deal with difficult situations or tough negotiations but others suggest it has a more bawdy meaning and it symbolized sexual conquest.
- approximate measurement - between 5/8" - 3/4” (17mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and 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
Hand crafted from a small round bronze chessman type wax seal, that dates back to the 14th century. This little seal spent centuries in the ground before being unearthed, as evidenced by the beat up corroded edges.
Impressed with history!
*You can see a seal matrix just like this in the collection at the Museum of London: http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/37618.html