DB-0279.  Closed letter. Click on either the "i", arrow, or four squares at the bottom right to view details of some of the letters showcasing their seals, watermarks, inserted items, and conservation issues. 

DB-0279.  Closed letter. Click on either the "i", arrow, or four squares at the bottom right to view details of some of the letters showcasing their seals, watermarks, inserted items, and conservation issues. 

Seals

Seals

DB-0787. Closed letter.

Seals

Seals

DB-2159. Opened letter with gold-flecked amber sealing wax.

Seals

Seals

 DB-2146.

Seals

Seals

DB-1162

Seals

Seals

DB-1100

Seals

Seals

DB-0713. Fingerprints embedded in the sealing wax flanking the heart signet.

Seals

Seals

DB-0234

Seals

Seals

DB-0858

Seals

Seals

DB-0680

 DB-1722

DB-1722

Seals

Seals

DB-0102. A Medici coat of arms (with three small florets in the top sphere in the coat of arms) papered seal secures a letter shut using a "two-part" letterlocking system. Visit our letterlocking format category gallery to learn more about letterlocking.

Seals

Seals

DB-1465. A raking light shot (light directed from one direction (usually from to the top or from the left of the ojbect) to capture details difficult to see with normal illumination.

Seals

Seals

DB-1910. A shaped-paper lock was folded in half and cut to form before the signet was impressed into the paper through wax or wafer to create this papered seal.

Seals

Seals

DB-1953. The signet is impressed through a bright red starch wafer which was sandwiched between the folded, slit, and tucked sections of this letter packet to create this papered seal while enclosing the letter.

 DB-2124. This wax seal secured shut the wrapper that enclosed the sheet of metallic thread samples. 

DB-2124. This wax seal secured shut the wrapper that enclosed the sheet of metallic thread samples. 

 DB-2124. These signet also act as an adhesive to hold down metallic thread samples. 

DB-2124. These signet also act as an adhesive to hold down metallic thread samples. 

 Db-1653

Db-1653

 Db-2240

Db-2240

DB-1118

DB-1118