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Desk seal: PER.M.25-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with three sided smoky quartz swivel sealstone and facetted handle with chased gold mounts

Carved smoky quartz with chased gold mounts. The three sided swivel sealstone with intaglio (1) initials 'AG' in Gothic characters, (2) coat-of-arms of the Grundy family, and (3) a stack of sealed letters, the topmost inscribed 'Souvenir' in script, with a spray of forget-me-nots. Twelve-sided handle broadening towards the rounded faceted terminal. The mount decorated with a border of flowers and leaves on a matted ground.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.5 cm
Length: 5.5 cm
Width: 1.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-03-07) by Perceval, Spencer George


19th Century
1800 - 1850

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone composed of quartz Length 1.6 cm Width 1.3 cm
Handle composed of quartz
Mount composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Souvenir
  • Location: On the sealstone
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Motto

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.25-1923
Primary reference Number: 151370
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 7 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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