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Catalog Number 01.C.01
Object Name Seal
Title Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Seal
Artist Unknown
Date after 1790
Description Brass stamp for sealing wax with profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin in center with "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NE A BOSTON LE 17 JANUARY 1706" and decorative border around perimeter. "MORT A PHILADELPHIE AN 1790" at bottom.
Label This seal is based on an early medallion of Franklin (M-F85-17), commemorating his birth and death. The profile depicts an older man, without spectacles, wig, or cap, and may be modeled after the famous bust of Franklin by Jean-Jacques Caffieri.
Material Brass
Dimensions L-3.5 Dia-1.5 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 18th century
eighteenth century
Founding Father
commemorative