Statement on collecting seals (John Cherry, London et al.)

Seals, seals impressions, casts, matrices and electrotypes from matrices may be found in a number of places. Generally Archives contain documents with seals both attached and unattached to documents. Sometimes they also contain impressions. Museums often contain seal matrices, but sometimes contain seals, often detached from documents. It is worth remembering that some institutions such as educational colleges and towns often contain their original seal matrices. Private collections of seal and seals matrices have been created from the late seventeenth century and the collecting of seals and matrices was particularly popular in the nineteenth century.