Overall: 1 x 1 3/8 in. (2.5 x 3.5 cm) Silver Weight: 1 oz (troy) 6 dwt (40 g)
Circular silver seal matrix with inscription incised around edge, and coat of arms composed of shield with moline cross with close helmet above, flanked by foliate decoration, and crest of basket with issuing flames; with hinged handle at back decorated with scrolling foliage, part of chain attached.
Gift of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer V
intaglio (inverted): on obverse: "KILIAEN VAN RENSELAER.[sic]"
This seal was made for Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (c. 1585-1643), and was subsequently passed to the eldest male child in each generation of the Van Rensselaer family. Van Rensselaer was the first patroon; the donor was the 15th patroon and the 13th Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck.
Probable descent: Kiliaen Van Renssealaer (c. 1585-1643); his son Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1632-1674); his son Kiliaen Van Rensselaer III (1663-1719); his son Stephen Van Rensselaer (1707-1747); his son Stephen Van Rensselaer (1742-1769); his son General Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839); his son William Paterson Van Rensselaer (1805-1872); his son Kiliaen Van Rensselaer IV (1845-1905); his son Kiliaen Van Rensselaer V (1879-1949), the donor.
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 178-179
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