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Medieval bronze personal seal with merchant's mark

Medieval bronze personal seal with merchant's mark



Medieval bronze personal seal with merchant's mark

Period: 15th century

Medieval bronze circular 'chessman' seal with trefoil suspension loop. The face of the seal matrix is depicting a merchant's mark or house mark in shield.

Diameter: 2,3 cm
Height: 2,9 cm

Article code: MS 07007

Available: 1


Price: € 235.00

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  • Middle Ages
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House marks:
In the Middle Ages traders and merchants were not allowed to bear arms. To identify themselves or mark their products they adopted their personal mark. These marks must be easy to cut or engrave. Since many people were illiterate the design must be distinctive and easy to remember (functional). The merchant's marks or house marks were often passed on to the next generation with a small addition or difference in detail to distinguish between father and son.
As the merchant class increased in wealth and status, the marks began to appear in shield-shaped frames. They are frequently found on seals, stained glass, brass and stone and on tombstones.

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