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Robert Burns

Seal matrix which belonged to Robert Burns

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This modest seal bears the elaborately entwined initials, "R B".  It is one of the relics of Robert Burns which has been preserved in Burns House, Dumfries.

 

A seal matrix was used to stamp a distinguishing mark onto molten wax as a means of sealing correspondence and ensuring the contents remained confidential.  Robert Burns was an avid letter writer throughout his life and maintained extensive correspondences with a wide range of friends.

Materials/Media:
metal, bone
Dimensions:
length 75mm, (max) diameter 24mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.418
Digital Number:
BHBN085n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council