The History and Current Usage of Sealing Wax

June 22nd, 2009 | Rss Feed

Sealing wax is a substance which after melting quickly hardens (to paper, parchment, ribbons and wire, and other material) and becomes difficult to separate after being bonded to paper or other materials. Wax is used to verify something such as a document is unopened, to verify the sender’s identity, for example with a signet ring and as decoration or attaching impressions of seals to documents. Sealing wax can also be used to take impressions of other seals. Wax seal was used to seal letters and later (from about the 16th century) envelopes.

In some situations, such as large seals on public documents, beeswax was preferred. On certain occasions, sealing wax has historically been perfumed by musk and other scents.

By 1866, many colors were available in wax seals :  Gold , blue, black, white, yellow, green are some of the colors available. There are users who prefer different color wax seals to seal different types of documents. Today, a range of synthetic colors is also available.

Traditional seals were made using wax and a stamp. The wax was heated in order to acquire molten state and after that it was impressed with the stamp containing pattern or information. The engraved information would create an impression in the wax and it was then held over the document to be sealed.

In modern times, sealing wax is being used in a different way. There are traditional sealing wax candles still produced in France and Scotland, using similar formulas as those in the days of hand-carried correspondence.

With the advent of a postal system, the use of sealing wax has become a rare application. Today, it is used for ceremony than security. However, custom wax seals still continued to be preferred for official documents.

Modern times have required new styles of wax to be created, allowing for mailing of the seal without damage or removal. Wax seal stamps are available in many forms and designs, thus you can choose a unique, customized one for your business purposes.

This article has been written by an expert from Acorn Sales

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