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Rare cased banded agate seal c. 1870.

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Rare cased agate seal c.1870.

This fine carved banded agate desk seal was made towards the end of the nineteenth century. Agate as a stone, with its associations with Scotland was very much in fashion at the time, largely due to the influence of Queen Victoria.This seal is a particularly fine example, cut in the traditional manner, but with extra fluting towards the top. It was retailed by Henry Piaget of Kings Street, Holborn who was a watchmaker, but it is unknown whether he carved the initials “S.P” in the matrix. Very unusually, the seal retains its original velvet lined case with the same initials in gold leaf to the top.

This rare item is in excellent condition, bearing only very light wear appropriate to its age. The seal is 6cm high and 3cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). The case is also in excellent condition, 8.75cm wide, 5cm deep and standing approximately 3.5cm high. Neither item has any damage or any restoration.