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Oval bronze seal-matrix of the Royal African Company with moulded socket at back. A shield of arms, or, an elephant azure, on his back a quadrangular castle argent masoned proper; on the sinister tower a flagstaff and banner gules, on banner a cross, on the dexter corner of the escutcheon a canton quarterly of France and England. Crest, on a ducal coronet or an anchor erect sable, cabled of the first, between two dragons' wings expanded argent. Supporters, two African blacks proper vested round the waist with a skirt argent, banded round the temples or thereon feathers erect of various colours; each holding in his hand an arrow or barbed and feathered argent. Legend. Wax impression.
- Made in: England
- (Europe,British Isles,England)
- Length: 3.35 centimetres
Inscription ContentREGIO. FLORET. PATROCINIO. COMMERCIUM. COMMERCIOQUE. REGNUM
Inscription TranslationBy Royal patronage trade flourishes, by trade the realm.
Text from 'Catalogue of British Seal-Dies in the British Museum', A.B. Tonnochy, London 1952, cat. no. 159.
B.M. 'Cat. of Seals', no. 14721.
Cf. Add. MS. 6331, f. 1; Noorthouck, 'History of London', p. 888, pi. iii, London, 1773.
On display: G46/dc15
Transferred from the Department of Manuscripts.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 1838,XXXV.222 (MSS 1838 transfer list)
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Object reference number: MCN10886
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