The use of seals can be traced all the way back to the world's first civilizations, and have been found from Mesopotamia to the Indus Valley. These first seals were made with clay that was impressed with engraved cylinders or rings.
The use of wax seals, however, did not begin until the Middle Ages. At first they were the exclusive purview of monarchs, bishops, and royal courts for use in issuing official decrees and authenticating documents. The use of wax seals then gradually became more democratized, spreading from aristocrats, to monasteries and guilds (for example, butchers would sign agreements with a seal bearing the image of a hog or cow), and eventually to ordinary freemen by the 13th century.
This is a beautiful brass TEMPLAR KNIGHT stamp with a wooden handle. The motto Vincit Omnia Veritas (Truth Conquers All Things) rings the seal.
Stamp face: 3 cm approx.
Handle Length: 7cm
Total Length: 9cm