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Desk seal: M.98-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with pale yellow topaz sealstone and facetted handle with chased gold mounts

Carved pale yellow topaz with embossed and chased gold mounts. Rounded rectangular sealstone with an intaglio crest of a squirrel holding a sprig of three leaves. Twelve-sided cylindrical handle with rounded faceted terminal. Domed and waisted mount decorated with flowerheads and leaves.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.1 cm
Width: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early-Mid#
1800 - 1850

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone Length 2.3 cm Width 1.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: d.v / 404 / 7-15-0
  • Location: On the side of the handle
  • Method of creation: Written in black ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.98-1930
Primary reference Number: 155901
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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