use of seals can be traced back to the Old Testament, where it mentions
that Jezebel used Ahab's seal to counterfeit important documents.
Royalty and governments used their own seal to affix to proclamations to
give them their authoritative stamp of approval.
The first Great Seal of England was that of Edward the Confessor,
impressions of which can still be found. During this time, almost
everyone had their own seal, and while most people had just one, Royalty
would own several, including their "Great" Seal, as well as seals for
all their courts and officials. It was common practice to destroy the
seal when the owner died, which is the reason so few original seals are
still in existence today.
Official Seals of the Crown were often handed over with great
ceremony, and in Medieval Times the size and motif of the Seal conveyed
an image of the status of it's owner. Early motifs were equestrian or
heraldic in nature, or showed the owner in various pursuits like hunting
or doing battle.
William the Conqueror used an equestrian seal showing him armed
and ready for battle. In Medieval Times, betrothals were
prearranged-therefore true words of love were secretly written and the
envelope's contents secured by a wax seal, so that the recipient could
be assured that their passion would be unknown to others. The first Seal
of the United States was created by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams &
Thomas Jefferson on July 4th 1776 immediately after the Declaration of
Independence was signed.
Congress realized the necessity of such a seal for the newly
established nation. As literacy increased, seals were used less
frequently and with the introduction of the gummed envelope in the 19th
Century the need for privacy was reduced. Seals became a more personal
expression as well as a decorative embellishment.
By using your own Seal with our Genuine Sealing Wax, you will
uphold this time-honored tradition, even in today's hi-tech world. From a
teenager to a Head-of-State, a personal seal lends dignity, prestige,
and a personal flair to letters, notes, cards, and even gift-packaging.