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[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 [1591]. 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.
[No: 24352]


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