Rare antique 19th century French gilt bronze or brass wax seal set. Richly decorated with a motif of stylized foliage, flowers, rocailles and two blank oval cartouches. The top of the handle pulls out to expose a hidden slide out drawer. Containing 4 changeable matrices or wax seal tiles. Each of the tiles is double-sided, giving you a choice of eight 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 overall condition with general wear. The wax seal measures 2 1/2" length x 5/8" wide.
The matrix tiles including following:
A pictorial of a lion or large cat with the phrase Avec Le Temps (with time)
"You have the key" above an image of a padlock.
The opposite side:
A burning oil lamp with Je Meurs si L'on M'oublie (I die if I am forgotten)
A three part leaf with the word Brisez (Break)
A pictorial of a bird in a nest, a pelican or seagull perhaps, feeding her chicks, with the phrase Pour les miens (for mine)