Posts Tagged ‘Sealing Wax’

The History and Current Usage of Sealing Wax

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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. (more…)