Silver Skeleton Seal



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Silver Skeleton Seal

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Silver Skeleton Seal

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This silver seal bears an intricate scene reminding its owner of the short time he had on Earth. A skeleton holds both an hourglass and an arrow, representing the passage of time and the shortness of life. The owner's initials, "LF," are above the hourglass. After pushing it into hot wax, the seal would then have been pressed onto documents in order to seal them. This image of the seal has been digitally reversed, as the initials would need to be backwards so that they would appear correctly on the document.

The seal was found inside James Fort, near the northern bulwark. This area was rich in artifacts and was the location of the artifact-laden early-17th century well. Visitors to the Archaearium can now see this seal up-close.