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Desk seal: M.26-1982

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Circular bloodstone seal, engraved with a double headed eagle above the initials 'R. M.' in monogram. Brass handle in the shape of a standing figure of Garibaldi. Elongated oval case of faded red leather, the cover stamped 'R. M.'; interior lined with velvet and satin.
Inside the lid, the vendor's name and address printed in the blue 'Jenner and Knewstub, 33 St James Street.'


History note: Given by the Trustees of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, in accordance with the order of Mr. Justice Foster of 21st March, 1977. Acquired St. 280/14 and 15/04/1931 (Mr Wilkins). Vendor name inside the case lid: Jenner and Knewstub, 33 St James's Street

Legal notes

Given by the Trustees of the Wellcome Institution, in accordance with the order of Mr Justice Foster

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 1.8 cm
Height: 9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977) by Wellcome Institute, the trustees of the

Components of the work

Case composed of leather ( red)
Seal composed of bloodstone
Case Lining composed of satin velvet
Handle composed of brass (alloy)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.26-1982
Primary reference Number: 201704
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 3 June 2015 Updated: Wednesday 7 February 2018 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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