Vintage and Antique Wax Seals

The oldest known seals originated in ancient Mesopotamia, where cylindrical stamps were made from stone or shell as early as 4,000 - 3,000 BCE. These engraved or intaglio stamps, also known as “seal matrices,” were carved in reverse so that their images would be readable when pressed into soft materials like clay, resulting in a mirror image of the original stone engraving. At a time before writing was commonplace, seals were generally used...Continue Reading