Recipes for making wafers at home are readily available in the many receipt-books that borrowed or pirated? Heres one from the New Family Receipt Book of 1811.
Take very fine flour, mix it with the glair (or whites of eggs) isinglass, and a little yeast; mingle the materials, beat them well together, spread the batter, being made thin with gum water, on even tin plates, and dry them in a stove; then cut them for use. You may make them of what colour you please. Once I knew what to look for, I found wafers on many letters from Jane Austens era- on letters Jane wrote, no less! Even if youre looking at images online that dont show the whole letter in detail, the perfectly round shadow of a sealing wafer is often very distinctive- even expert sealing-wax users rarely make a perfect circle of wax.Another thing to look for is the tell-tale mark of the wafer seal. While the wafer was still moist, a cross-hatched tool was often pressed into the paper to help it bite into the softened paste. The waffled seal impressed a distinctive pattern of little points or diamonds in the paper. A wafer seal could easily be used on sealing wax as well. Lovely condition, as you would expect with some hairline cracks that have been there for many a year and just adds to its rich history.
All Antique silver items will show some signs of wear, which only adds to the history of the object..... This beautiful Rare Victorian Chinese Export solid silver mounted carved Bat cloak brooch, this wonderful brooch was crafted by the Chinese Silversmith. It was crafted circa 1880 making it nearly 140 years old. This impressive Chinese brooch has the most beautifully carved Bat so very detailed with the bats wings fully extended as though in mid flight, the detailing to the face in exquisite so finely carved from his wonderful little ears to his stunning eyes, this all sits upon a solid silver mount that has hand chased foliage decoration, to the back you will see it has a spring fastener and silver frame, this also carries the silversmiths mark.I believe this would have been worn on a cloak as this amazing brooch is of a good size. He quality of the craftsmanship is superb, this would have once belonged to a very wealthy Victorian and used daily, this was many many years ago when times were so very different, if this could talk i can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, this is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel.
You will not find another like this on the market, its extremely rare. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice.
It is in wonderful condition. The item "RARE NAPOLEONIC PRISONER OF WAR HAND CARVED LADIES LEG WAFER DESK SEAL" is in sale since Sunday, November 11, 2018.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Brooches/Jewellery". The seller is "silver_antiques_uk" and is located in United Kingdom.
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