LOVELY ANTIQUE GEORGIAN PINCHBECK AGATE HANDLE DESK WHEEL SEAL w/ 6 REBUS MOTTOS
An antique English pinchbeck-type gilt yellow metal desk 'wheel' seal, with a semi-translucent agate handle and six molded glass intaglio seals, with various mottos in reverse around tiny images, including: 'Faites Bien Laissez Dire' (Do Well Let's Say), (Hand?) To Give (Heart/Love) To Forgive, 'Brighter Hours Will Come' around a lantern, 'For Auld Lang Syne' around a tankard, 'We Bloom Today Tomorrow Die' around a flower, and 'La Fidélité Me Conduit' (Fidelity Leads Me) around Cupid with a dog.
A terrific example in original condition...so collectible & very usable!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slight signs of wear & tarnish commensurate with age and use. Some deterioration under seals.
DATE/MARKS: Early 19th Century. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: Just under 3 ½ inches long (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 32.2 grams.