Dolphin Wax Seal Charm - antique wax seal charm jewelry heraldic dolphin fish
Wax seal charm with heraldic dolphin fish - antique wax seal jewelry.
This listing is for one charm in solid bronze.
The heraldic symbol of the dolphin holds a special meaning of swiftness, diligence, salvation, affection, charity, and love.
A Dolphin naiant (swimming) upon a six twist torse...
In the times of heraldry the Dolphin was known as the king of fish. It is said that those who used it as a symbol had a fondness for music and that the emblem was one of charity and affection towards children and kindred. Often referred to as "The Sailor's Friend", Dolphins were judged from ancient times to be intelligent, skillful and devoted to saving lives. Romans used the Dolphin to signify the soul's journey across the sea of death to the Blessed Isles. The Christians began to use the image of the Dolphin as a specific symbol of Christ, the 'guide' of souls across the waters of death. The Dolphin was associated with many mythological gods including Eros (shown riding a Dolphin), Aphrodite (as well, riding a Dolphin), and Taras of Tarentum (shown on a Dolphin). Greek mythology abounds with tales revolving around the Dolphin, man's guiding light of the sea. The Dauphin of France used the Dolphin as his icon to represent protection for his fleet and salvation for his country.
The heraldic image of a Dolphin bears little resemblance to the real dolphin. It was often depicted with scales and a large tail paddle. The Dolphin is generally, if not always, depicted in heraldry embowed, that is, having its back greatly incurvated. In blazon (correct description) the word Dolphin, alone, implies that its natural position, naiant (swimming) and embowed is understood.
Note: * this listing is for one wax seal charm * no frills - shipped with no meaning card, no gift packaging * the charm is made of solid bronze * the size is about 24mm across
This particular wax seal charm was made using an authentic antique wax seal from Wales, United Kingdom. The wax seal dates back to the Victorian 19th Century.
The wax seal charms are made by hand in Myrtle Beach, SC by RQP Studio. The charm is made of reclaimed bronze. Please note that the charm has been through a oxidization process to give it an antique, vintage patina. The antique wax seal has been pressed into the bronze by hand, and this makes each and every wax seal unique. The charms are hallmarked on the back with the RQP logo stamp. The wax seal pendant you will receive is similar to the ones in the pictures.
Helpful hints: * Some of the images (above) of the wax seal charms have been photographed close-up. If you have a hard time imagining the size of the charms, then it can be helpful to physically draw the dimensions of the wax seal charm on a piece of paper. *You can type in the words "mm to in" into Google's search box, that will give you a quick converter if you prefer the dimensions measured in inches.