Millefiori Wax Seal
Saint Louis, circa 1845-55
Diameter: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 inches) Length: 8 cm (3 1.8 inches)
Wax seal with a close concentric millefiori papereweight head; two concentric rings of green, red, and white, and white canes; encircling a pink, green, and white center cane; cut glass stem
Letter-writers closed their documents and envelopes by melting wax, dripping it onto the edge of the flap, and pressing it down with a wax seal, which often had an insignia, crest, or monogram on it that identified the sender. The seal, when not in use, rested in a wafer dish, two examples of which are in the Barker Collection.
Photo by Marlin Roos, Illinois State Museum