Please note: I have added 28 pictures to the end of this listing to try and show the item in as much detail as possible so please take the time to view them all carefully. This is one of a number of items that came from Frederick George North and his wife Mary Violet (nee Pawson) Countess of Guilford, The 8th Earl of Guilford's estate at Waldershare Park in Kent. With more items from passed down through the centuries from previous Earls and their wives including Frederick North, The Right Honourable The 2nd Earl of Guilford.... He was also 8th Baron North.
The Tea Act of 1773 led to the Boston Tea Party which led to the American Revolution in 1776 which he had a lot to do with. Then relation Francis North the 4th Earl of Guilford 1761 - 1817 and Frederick North 5th Earl of Guilford 1766 - 1827. If you google the family they are really well connected. Items belonging to the 8th Earl Lt Col Frederick George North who was in the Royal East Kent Yeomanry... With a few items from this period.
North & Guilford family livery crest on the silver items as well as other antiques and collectables I will be listing over the next few weeks. Some very exciting and important 17th Century engravings and Grand Tour watercolours. Is an understatement for this really fabulous genuine 1600 Queen Elizabeth I of England official Letters Patent which has the Seal of the Realm attached to the vellum at the bottom. It is dated 1600 on the back when it is in the folded position near all the really nice calligraphy writing. Be assured this is a genuine document and a genuine Royal Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England all hand written in Latin Chancery which is a Medieval period writing.I cannot read it which is such a great shame as I do not know what the document is about and whom its in relation to. The writing is very easy to see and if you knew what you were looking at you would be able to read it like opening any book you know how to read. The document is typical of the period having been folded and the area where the Great Seal is attached has a split.. As the seal is attached to the vellum, its been poured whilst hot around the vellum at both sides and it has done remarkably well to stay complete with the document. It has got miss shaped but I think it has been like this since the day it was attached.
It is the right dia. See some of my other listings for similar period Elizabeth I documents with her Privy Seal attached, which is quite a bit smaller than the Royal Grand Seal. It may well be named and signed right on the bottom line , far right hand side end.
The vellum is slightly stained in places but in overall fabulous condition as too is the Great Seal. The vellum is just over 13 inch wide x just over 10 inch long. The brown wax Great Seal is 5 and half inch wide x 4 inch oval shape x 3/4 inch deep at the fattest edge x 1/2 inch deep where the vellum is attached.
The bottom of the vellum is cut half way to allow for the seal to be attached and this allows for it to be folded. On the front when it is folded up there could be a signature of someone called Walton Cooke, but that is from my layman's eyes trying to read the calligraphy.Scale is usually an English 1 penny coin which is 20mm in diameter which is just short of 7/8ths of an inch in diameter. In the title or description it means. Condition which may have scuffs, scratches and damage. We cannot and will not declare items below the sale value. The item "1600 Elizabeth I Letters Patent with Royal Great Seal intact Important #T142G" is in sale since Monday, April 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Manuscripts". The seller is "diggerlee" and is located in Yorkshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.