By P.D.A. Harvey
In medieval Britain the seal was once, for a few 300 years, the best way so much files have been authenticated. Seals and seal impressions are valuable as facts in difficulties of social and monetary historical past, the historical past of artwork, legislation, and international relations, yet up to now they've got no longer been completely mentioned. during this groundbreaking paintings the authors learn all types of seal used for authenticating records - their improvement, layout, and use - as regards to modern documents. An index of mottoes and inscriptions offers necessary and useful assist in settling on seals in different collections.
The quantity is ample with illustrations, as a rule depicting seals from the large collections of The British Library and the general public list workplace, London. Designed to fill a long-standing hole within the literature, this lucid creation to British medieval seals is geared toward graduate scholars, archivists, historians, and someone attracted to medieval files and artefacts.
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14 At the White House, relic hunters cut fabric samples from curtains. A high-water mark of souvenir snatching followed an architectural renovation in 1902, when visitors to the grounds made straight for a debris pile of hand-planed lathe, ornamental plasterwork, and hand-cut nails dating to the building’s construction between 1792 and 1800. 15 The development of a mass market for manufactured souvenirs was welcomed as an alternative to the pillaging of historic sites. ” Souvenir stands seemed to be near the main door of every public building in the capital.
All in all, Varden’s agreement with King appears to have been a good one. By selling his collections to the National Institute for display at the National Gallery of the Patent Office, Varden kept his promise to keep all donations to his museum in the city. He would be employed as the gallery’s mechanic and exhibition arranger. 45 Varden spent the next seventeen years tending to a hodgepodge of competing interests at the National Gallery of the Patent Office. By 1853 its collections included natural-history and ethnographic specimens collected by US Army survey parties and naval exploring expeditions; historical relics and documents transferred to the care of the commissioner of patents by the State and Treasury Departments; and gifts and purchases for the congressionally chartered National Institute, including the collections of Varden’s own Washington Museum.
A Guide to British Medieval Seals by P.D.A. Harvey