The History of Sealing Wax

The use of wax seals dates back to the Middle Ages. At first, seals were the exclusive purview of royalty in issuing decrees and authenticating documents. Each individual had his or her own seal, and in a time when many were illiterate, they were used in place of a signature. It was common practice to... Continue Reading →

A Secret History

Popular in the 19th century, Lovers’ Eyes were tiny portraits painted on pieces of jewelry meant to conceal the identity of their subject. Since only an intimate acquaintance might recognize the individual’s eye, the token of affection could be proudly displayed while keeping forbidden romance a secret. Lovers' eye jewelry pieces were sometimes studded with... Continue Reading →

The Legend of the Hearth Cricket

  With ancient roots in China, the cricket has long been considered a sign of eminent good fortune. The Chinese have traditionally kept the small black chirper as a pet within tiny cages. Over the years, Merry Old England came to adopt the thinking that a cricket in the home would ensure prosperity and health.... Continue Reading →

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