Antique Victorian rotating wheel wax seal desk stamp. Featuring a handle crafted from solid faceted glass in a lovely amethyst purple color, tapering to an ornate gilt ormolu collar and revolving wheel. A beautiful example with 6 different intaglios all engraved into colorful glass matrices. In good antique condition. Some small chips to the handle and intaglios commensurate with age and use, the spokes of the wheel with old repairs. Measures 3 3/4" length.
The six intaglios include:
Depicting an image of a snail with the wording 'Always at home'
Réponse s'il vous plaît / Please respond
Depicting a shamrock surrounded by the motto "Erin Go Bragh" / Ireland Forever!
To live or die for what I love
An image of a Fleur De Lis with the French motto "Vive Le Roi" / Long live the king!
"Une Lettre adoucit les Peines de l'Absence" / A letter soothes the pain of absence