An antique wax seal collection


Wax seal handles were made in all different types of wood, and woodturning cut the handles into beautiful shapes.

Fruitwood handles were very popular in the 19th Century.

Fruitwood handles were very popular in the 19th Century.




Another popular handle material was bone. Below is a collection of ox bone and ivory handles.


Ivory is made from the tusks and teeth of elephants, whales and other animals.

Ivory is made from the tusks and teeth of elephants, whales and other animals.





Mottos and meaningful symbols were often engraved on colorful gemstones or pastes.


Engraved gemstones  such as carnelian (red), chalcedony (white), citrine (yellow) amethyst (purple), and glass paste (green)

Engraved gemstones; carnelian (red), chalcedony (white), citrine (yellow) amethyst (purple), and glass paste (green)




Wax seals were produced in different metal types such as brass, steel and silver.


antique wax seals

Antique wax seals in different metals




As popularity grew, the wax seal makers created more models, and some were different types of multi seals. The seals below have a matrix on each side. There are cubes, single spinner and multiple spinner seals.


Wax seals with several matrices

Wax seals with several matrices.




There are some beautiful examples of spinning wheel seals. Take a look below!


Antique French ormolu wheel seals

Antique French ormolu wax seal wheels




A close up detail reveals the true beauty of the workmanship.



Ormolu wax seal wheel in detail

Ormolu wax seal wheel in detail




Here is another one up close.


An antique French ormolu wax seal wheel up close.

An antique French ormolu wax seal wheel up close.