Seal Press; CCS0058
Seal PressAbout 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.
Metal: WoodInscription and Marks
Sigillum (Carved into the front of the lid)Measurements
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.
The Canterbury College Survey Collection, University of Canterbury, New ZealandObject Type
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