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Desk seal: M.99 & A-1930

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with amythest sealstone and facetted handle with chased gold mounts

Carved amythest with embossed and chased gold mounts. Rounded rectangular sealstone with an intaglio coat-of-arms beneath an Earl's coronet. Twelve-sided handle broadening towards the rounded faceted terminal. Domed and waisted mount decorated with flutes and borders of stiff leaves, flowerheads, acorns and thistles. In a fitted case (A).


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Width: 2.2 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 composed of amethyst Length 1.7 cm Width 1.3 cm
Handle composed of amethyst
Mount composed of gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.99 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 98169
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 26 July 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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