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Victorian “Excuse Haste” Wax Seal Fob


This early Victorian wax seal fob topped with a sheep features an amber glass intaglio of a tortoise beneath the words “Excuse Haste.” This intaglio - undoubtably a reference to Aesop's famous fable of the tortoise and the hare as well as a tongue-in-cheek witticism implying that the sender was slow to reply - was meant to be pressed into hot wax to create a decorative seal for correspondence in the days before gummed envelopes.


  • Materials

    base metal, amber glass, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3/4" length, 18" chain





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.