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Desk seal: PER.M.40-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with carnelian sealstone and facetted red jasper handle with chased gold mounts

Carved carnelian and red jasper with chased gold mounts. Oval carnelian sealstone with an intaglio coat-of-arms within a garter inscribed 'TRIA JUNCTA IN UNO' with a pendant order and ribbon inscribed 'ICH DIEN', and a crest. Eight sided jasper handle broadening towards the rounded terminal. The domed mount decorated with flutes and bands of reeding.


History note: The Martin family of Lockynge, Berkshire

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.6 cm
Length: 9.3 cm
Width: 1.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-03-07) by Perceval, Spencer George


Late 18th-mid 19th century
Circa 1780 - Circa 1850

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of jasper, red
Sealstone composed of carnelian Length 1.7 cm Width 1.4 cm
Mount composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: In a garter round the coat-of-arms on the sealstone
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Motto
  • Text: ICH DIEN
  • Location: At the base of the garter round the coat-of-arms on the seal
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Motto

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.40-1923
Primary reference Number: 151622
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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