Americana Primitive Wood Hand Iron Shaft Floral Wax Seal or Stencil Victorian Era

SKU: STwaxsea
Weight: 0.75 LBS
Height: 6.00 Inches
Width: 8.00 Inches
Depth: 3.00 Inches
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A very interesting piece of Americana, probably dating from the mid to 1880s.  The iron shaft of the wax seal / stencil is fastened to a curved piece of wood.  Did it beginning its life this way, not sure, as it may be a "make do" piece.  The sealer was found with a large box of many early textiles, some dating about 1830.  Was the usage for sealing letters or was it a stencil for linens?   The metal base is decorated with a flora and leaf design. which I believe to be brass.  BROOK is engraved on one side of the metal shaft.  The wooden handle is a worn surface of many shade of paint.  Knife cuts in the wood, at the base of the handle entirely around the lower surface. 

The sealer or stencil measures 4" tall x 3-1/2" circumference around the base of the wood.  Iron shaft is 1-3/8" long.  Sealer or stencil is 5/8" across. 

A neat primitive piece. 

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