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Hand Engraved Deep Reverse Seal Rings

Hand Engraved Deep Reverse Seal Rings

What is a Reverse Seal Engraving ? A Hand Engraver will deeply hand engrave in reverse a crest or image onto a signet ring, this then creates a positive impression when pressed into wax.             

The History Of Personalised Cufflinks

The History Of Personalised Cufflinks

What are cufflinks used for ? Cufflinks are a piece of jewellery that are used for securing the cuffs on dress shirts. What shirts can you wear cufflinks with ? You require a long sleeved shirt with double cuffs (French cuffs), the double cuffs have holes on both cuffs, these holes are were the cufflinks pass through to keep the cuffs together.    Where did cufflinks come from ? Cufflinks first originated in the 1600's but became more commonly used by the 18th century.  Men originally used ribbons or ties to hold their cuffs together. Then chains were used with a silver or...

History of Dog Tags

History of Dog Tags

The History of Military Dog Tags Originally Romans wore small id tags, on joining they were issued an identity tag, made of lead which was worn around the neck on a piece of string. On the disc was the soldiers name and the legion that they belonged to. The need of identification tags were needed in the 1860's around the American Civil War where soldiers were writing their name and address on slips and pinning them to clothing in case they fell in battle. In 1870 the first army to issue troops with dog tags were the Prussians at that time they were called 'recognition...

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

The renowned illustrator Sir John Tenniel made 92 illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and the sequel Through The Looking Glass. The 28th February 2020 marks his 200th Birthday. Who was Sir John Tenniel ? Sir John Tenniel was born 28th February 1820 in Bayswater, London.  It was very clear from a young age that he had a talent for drawing.  At the age of 16 he submitted his first work of an oil painting to the exhibition at the Society of British Artists. He was well know for his illustrations, being a political cartoonist and graphic humourist.  He was the principal...

Hand Engraved Crests

Hand Engraved Crests

Hand Engraved and Seal Engraved Crests What is a Coat of Arms ? The name Coat of Arms goes back to the 12th century when knights wore helmets which completely concealed their faces, this made them unrecognisable to their friends and enemies.  Therefore to overcome this problem they had lions or beasts painted on the knights shields and banners and overtime on their surcoat (a sleeveless garment which went over their armour) which is where the name coat of arms came from. A coat of arms refers to the shield, crest, helmet, mantling and supporters. What is a Family Crest ?   A...

St Christopher Necklace Meaning

St Christopher Necklace Meaning

It is said that wearing a Saint Christopher Necklace will bring you good luck and fortune when travelling.

The History of the St Christopher Legend

The most common legend says that St Christopher was helping travellers to cross a river and had to carry a child across.  As he was carrying the child, the child seemed extremely heavy.  When they reached the other side of the river the child revealed himself to be the manifestation of the infant Christ. The reason that he had been so heavy was that he himself was carrying the whole weight of the world.

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