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The face of the circular seal depicts the arms of Browne quartering fifteen others surmounted by a coronet, helm, crest, and mantling with the motto, Veritate Duce. The supporters, two lynxes, are shown with a plain collar and a line. The seal has a hinged semicircular handle on the reverse....

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About 1630, Francis Browne (b. 1610 - d. 1682), 3rd Viscount Montagu, Cowdray House, Sussex (original commission) [see note 1]. 1982, Brand Inglis, Ltd., London; 1982, sold by Brand Inglis to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1982) NOTES: [1] The arms on this seal are his. It may have been made upon his succession to the title of Viscount Montagu, with the death of his father in 1629.

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Anna Augusta Chapin Fund and Gift of Mrs. Stuart C. Welch

English (London), about 1630

Object Place

London, England


H. (hinge open) 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.); Diameter 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.); Weight 128.3 gm (4 oz 2 dwt)

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