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Robert Burns

Seal matrix

Description:

This is a small 8 sided seal matrix bearing an oval portrait of Robert Burns, with a bird above and a small tree below. The white ivory handle is elaborate with several decorative grooves. It is engraved:

 

'WOOD NOTES WILD / BETTER A WEE BUSH THAN NAE BIELD / DUMFRIES/ BURNS CLUB'

 

A seal matrix was used to stamp a distinguishing mark onto molten wax as a means of representing identity, authority and status.

Materials/Media:
length 105 mm, diameter (top) 29 mm, width (seal) 27 mm
Dimensions:
metal & white metal (seal), ivory (handle)
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.417
Digital Number:
BHBN082n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council