I CRAKE NOTIS or I crack nuts says the squirrel munching on a nut on this cheeky little medieval wax seal necklace pendant.
- description -
A little squirrel holding a nut in its paws surrounded by a Latin legend, in Lombardic script, that begins with a little six pointed star and reads 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."
- 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.
In heraldry, a squirrel symbolizes a lover of the woods.
Hand cast from a small round bronze chessman type wax seal, that dates back to the 14th century, shown in the photo.
- approximate measurement - almost 3/4” (18mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- 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!
*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