For those enjoying VICTORIA on Masterpiece™ Sunday nights, here’s our own link to the Queen

15 02 2017

Patent issued August 5, 1875

This Great Seal of the Realm was part of a donation from a relative of George W. Harrison.  The seal was attached by cord to a patent issued to William Robert Lake of the firm Anseltine Lake and Co., Southampton Building, London of an invention for “improvement in pitman or connecting rod bearings for harvesting and other machines . . . the said invention has been communicated from abroad by George W. Harrison of Lansing, Michigan, United States of America.”  The patent is dated August 5th, 1875.

According to the official website of the British Royal Family (, “the Great Seal of the Realm is the chief seal of the Crown, used to show the monarch’s approval of important State documents.” Queen Victoria had more than one seal due to the long length of her reign.


Close up of another wax seal in better condition (from


Written by Susan O’Brien, cataloger




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