This is a remarkable and lavishly illustrated selection of 145 historic hand and desk seals from a significant and previously undocumented private collection. These seals are mainly from Great Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world, and they range from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Some are fine and rare, others are more modest and domestic. Between them they represent all fields of activity and all levels of society, encompassing designs and craftsmanship from the plain and utilitarian to the intricate and fanciful. Meticulously catalogued by Julia Clarke, an established expert, and with a fascinating essay by the renowned silver expert John Culme on the 19th century silversmith Thomas Wimbush, one of whose seals is featured.