Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui
Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui

Antique Bronze French Multiple Wax Seal Set, Various Stamps, Hidden Drawer, Sceau Etui

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Rare antique 19th century French bronze wax seal set. Richly decorated with a motif of stylized foliage, flowers and rocailles. The top of the handle pulls out to expose a hidden drawer. Containing 7 changeable matrices or wax seal tiles. Each of the tiles is double-sided, giving you a choice of fourteen different images and phrases to choose from. A rare find to your wax seal collection or to make wax seal jewelry and pendants using silver clay . In good antique overall condition with general wear and discoloration to the metal commensurate with age and use. The wax seal measures 2 1/2" length.

The matrix tiles including the following:

Depicting an anchor, cross and heart symbolizing faith, love and hope.

An image of a full heart with the phrase 'Je ne suis pas gai si tu es triste' / I am not happy if you are sad. This is a sweet sentiment of the bond that connects us to the ones we love. When you hurt, I hurt.

An image of cupid surrounded by the phrase 'L'amitié est l'amour sans aile' / Friendship is love without his wings. Based on the poem penned by Lord Byron, December 29, 1806.

An image of clasped hands below the word: Amitié / Friendship. Symbolizing the strong bond between friends.

Depicting an open birdcage with a song bird flying away and the French motto: 'Qui me Neglige, me Perd' / Who Neglects me, loses me. A stern reminder to care for and nourish the things in life that matter to you.

A depiction of a fox and stork, the stork with his beak in a tall vessel, surrounded with the phrase: 'Chacun son tour' / Each in turn. From the Fables de La Fontaine (le renard et la cigogne). The fable goes that the fox invited the stork to dine with him; and served the meal in a shallow dish which he could easily lap up; however the stork could not eat because of her long beak. The stork in turn, invited the fox to dinner; and served the delicious meal within a tall jar to accommodate only her beak; however impossible for the fox to reach. The message: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The quote 'Je suis libre' / 'I am free' above an image depicting a running horse free of his rider. With the potent symbolism of the equestrian horse throwing the rider, the message is clear: Liberation. There is a great relief in being released from a burden.

The opposite side:

Mardi / Tuesday

Vendredi / Friday

Jeudi / Thursday

Dimanche / Sunday

An image of a running gray hound dog with a letter in its mouth, followed by the phrase Je suis pressé / I am in a hurry. The racing dog acts as courier for an important message.

An image of two riders racing horses, neck and neck, with the French word "Lequel?" or "Which one?" A wonderful allegory for the close calls that we are all forced to make in our professional and personal lives.

A depiction of a cliff side battered by a tempestuous storm with the phrase, Calm au sein des orages / Calm in the midst of the storm. A reminder to stay calm even when life gets rocky.