Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Classical head
An oval signet matrix made of clear white glass, dating from c 1800. The matrix is stamped but unfinished, and features a bearded classical head.
Seal matrices also known as signet matrices were used to impress their owner’s mark into wax on documents during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many were made of moulded translucent glass. Little is known of their manufacture. They seem to have been produced for personal rather than commercial use. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery acquired a collection of twenty-seven seal matrices in 1934. This is one of the items.Next in this section »