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Cost: $9,500.00

Manuscript document, dated 1515

Henry viii

EXCEPTIONAL 1515 MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT IN LATIN, WITH THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WAX SEAL OF HENRY VIII

(HENRY VIII). Manuscript legal document, with original royal hanging wax seal. [England], February 6, 1515. Single page of vellum, measuring 20-1/2 by 12 inches, folded, with double-sided dark green wax seal measuring 2-1/2 inches in diameter. $9500.

Henry VIII’s wax Seal of the Court of Common Pleas, depicting the enthroned king, attached to a 1515 manuscript legal document in Latin. Most rare.

The obverse of the wax seal represents Henry seated on his throne with attributes of majesty, the background diapered with a rose in each diamond and a fleur-de-lis on each of the intersecting angles; the reverse represents a shield of the Tudor arms of France and England, quarterly, between two greyhounds. Text in Latin, penned in a neat hand, first line with enlarged ascenders. Hanging seal attached to document with vellum ribbon.

A few expertly repaired cracks to slightly worn wax seal, less than expected age-wear to document. An exceptionally rare and beautiful item.

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