[ELIZABETH I (1533-1603). Queen of England and Ireland.]
Document with the second Great Seal, 1 page large folio on vellum (somewhat soiled and creased), Westminster, 24 November, 34 Elizabeth I . A good example of the seal designed by Nicholas Hilliard, lacking about a quarter of the periphery but otherwise intact.
The document originates from the Court of Wards and Liveries and is a a grant of a special livery to Robert Burditt, son and heir of the late Thomas Burditt.
The matrix for this seal had been designed by the miniature-painter Nicholas Hilliard (1546?-1619) in 1586. The seal itself is made of a mixture of resin and beeswax, now browned with age. The obverse shows the queen seated on the throne with the orb and sceptre, and the reverse shows her on horseback.
The image shows both sides of the seal.
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