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Desk seal: M.91-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with chalcedony sealstone in a flask shaped gold mount enamelled in blue

Carved chalcedony in gold mount enamelled in translucent royal blue over an engraved ground. Circular chalcedony sealstone engraved 'Dissy' in reverse. The flask shaped mount with wide bulbous body and long neck is chased with scrolls and enamelled with strapwork, birds and flowers. The low domed pull-off lid is attached by a chain.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 2.7 cm
Height: 4.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


19th Century
1800 CE - 1900 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel
Sealstone composed of chalcedony Diameter 1.3 cm
Mount composed of gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.91-1930
Primary reference Number: 154909
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 January 2014 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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