Elizabeth I signed document and royal seal

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2015-06-26 10:56:13

The Elizabeth I signed document and royal seal is a highly rare piece of historic royal memorabilia featuring the signature and official seal of Queen Elizabeth I.

 

Background

The reign of Elizabeth I, from 1558 until her death in 1603, is viewed as a ‘Golden Age’ of discovery, exploration and flourishing creativity. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth’s powerful intellect and strong leadership marks her as one of the most celebrated of all British monarchs, and one whose enduring legacy can still be seen today.

Item description

The handwritten vellum document measures 15½” by 19½”, and states the terms of a financial loan taken out by Elizabeth through her financier Sir Thomas Gresham. It is dated 1563, and signed on the front by Elizabeth I. The reverse features the following signatures of members of the Privy Council:

  • Councilor Robert Dudley (1532-1588)
  • Lord Keeper of the Great Seal Sir William Cecil (1520-1598)
  • Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579)
  • Lord Chamberlain William Howard of Effingham (1510-1573)
  • Member of Parliament and Governor of Portsmouth, Sir Francis Knollys (1514-1596)

The document is also accompanied by a highly rare example of the Royal Seal, known as The Great Seal of the Realm, which was used from 1558 until 1586 when it was replaced with a seal engraved by Nicholas Hilliard. It front of the seal depicts Queen Elizabeth on horseback, whilst the reverse shows her sitting on her throne.

Current ownership

The exceptionally rare document and seal is currently offered for sale by Paul Fraser Collectibles, a company which specialises in rare and historic pieces of memorabilia.

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