The Walkden Sealing Set
In the 19th and 20th century a letter or correspondence would be folded and sealed with a wax seal, in order to protect the unwanted opening of the letter, and to sometimes show from whom it came. This would require a block of hard sealing wax and a hand held seal to make the impression. Desk seals were plentiful during this time, and were a necessary accessory to any desk. The handle would be made from various materials, such as wood, silver, ivory, agate or mother of pearl. The stamper was usually made from brass or steel and would either have a hatched design or an engraved crest, or initials of the owner. A block of sealing wax would be held over a flame and melted onto the folded letter or envelope and then the seal would be pressed into the hot wax to leave its mark, when cooled this would act as a seal until opened by the recipient.
This sweet little travelling sealing set contains everything you would need for sealing a letter; wax enscribed "perfumed fancy wax", candles, desk seal with the letter "B", and the tiniest chamber stick one will ever see.
There are some marks to the paper covered box, one candle and one wax seal have been used and are partially melted with that same wax stick having been snapped in two at some point.
Dimensions: 14cm x 8cm x 3.5cm