Seal Press; CCS0058


Seal Press

About this object

This seal press was used by the Registry Office of Canterbury College to emboss the College's seal onto student's graduation diplomas; a practice that is still performed today on a different press.

The press is attached to a wooden Neo-Gothic style stand with a lid in the same style. The stand, like many items of furniture at the time, was chosen to reflect the College's Neo-Gothic architecture. On the front of the case are two diamond shapes, the second of which is cut out allowing you to see inside. Between the diamonds is the term 'Sigillum' carved into the wood with ivy-like volutes on either side. The press itself is decorated with gold designs.

This artefact, while practical in nature, was also meant to be seen as a symbol of the College's grandeur and importance.

Medium and Materials

Metal: Wood

Inscription and Marks

Sigillum (Carved into the front of the lid)


Total: Height 1250mm; Width 710mm; Depth 700mm.
Press: Height 475mm; Width 560mm (Handle); Depth 400mm.
Stand: Height 730mm; Width 710mm; Depth 700mm.
Lid: Height 520mm; Width 640mm; Depth 640mm.

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Diploma Day

Subject and Association Keywords


Named Collection

The Canterbury College Survey Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Object Type

Seal Press

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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