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Home     Medieval double sided bronze seal with merchant's marks
Medieval double sided bronze seal with merchant's marks

Medieval double sided bronze seal with merchant's marks



Medieval double sided bronze seal with merchant's marks

Period: 15th century

Good quality Medieval bronze seal, double sided with 2 circular seals; in the middle is a circular hole for suspension. A merchant's mark or house mark is depicted on both circular seal matrices.

Rare seal, in good condition.

Diameter large seal: 2,3 cm
Diameter small seal: 1,1 cm
Height: 2,2 cm

Article code: 11-2421

Available: 0


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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, and also 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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