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George III Silver Wax Jack

Date: 1799

Maker: Thomas And Daniel Leader

Country: England

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A rare antique sterling silver wax jack of oval form. Good plain style and reed borders. The tall column supports a coil of wax, the end of which is held in place in the centre of the drip pan. The small conical snuffer is attached to the top by a long silver chain. Weight including wax 148 grams, 4.7 troy ounces. Height 15cm. Sheffield 1799. Maker Thomas & Daniel Leader.

Literature: The Wax Jack was a container or frame holding a long coiled taper treated with wax (sometimes turpentine). The wax was lit to melt the sealing wax used to fasten letters and documents and usually a personal seal was pressed into the hot wax to leave a personal identification. After the wax hardened it was virtually impossible to open the letter without breaking the wax seal. The wax jack could also used as a portable light such as the chamberstick or go to bed.

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