Original seal-impressions from early Grants.

Sydney: 1812, 1814 & 1840.

Wax seals, surviving from original documents; in good condition, mounted.

Colonial wax seals

An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on documents, (Governor Phillip was known to complain about the shortage of sealing wax) these have survived in this form in good condition, bar a little chipping to edges.

An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on documents, (Governor Phillip was known to complain about the shortage of sealing wax) these have survived in this form in good condition, bar a little chipping to edges.

The first Colonial seal was described in a Royal Warrant as follows:

"Convicts landed at Botany Bay; their fetters taken off and received by Industry, sitting on a bale of goods with her attributes, the distaff [a spindle for spinning wool or flax], bee-hive, pick axe, and spade, pointing to an oxen ploughing, the rising habitations, and a church on a hill at a distance, with a fort for their defence. Motto: Sic fortis etruria crevit [So, I think, this is how brave Etruria grew]; with this inscription round the circumference, Sigillum Nov. Camb. Aust. [Seal New South Wales]"

Price (AUD): $825.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504985