The History of the Wax Seal

Ellington Timepiece watches from the very start have come with their own authenticity numbered certificate. The Sheba collection, our first limited edition collection came with a light grey blue certificate, each one identified a number that belonged to that watch.

Now in 2019 we have created the current collection, The Amare collection. Amare means to love in Latin, we thought the most appropriate certificate would be a romantic certificate with its very own wax seal with the initial, E.

The history of seals can be traced back to some of the earliest known civilisations. Actual examples have been found from the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia civilisations, which were active from 3300BCE and 150BCE respectively. The first seals were made from clay and impressed using rings or cylinders.

The usage of wax in seals did not take place until the Middle Ages. Originally used only by eminent individuals such as bishops, monarchs and royal spokespeople to authenticate documents. By the 13th century, wax seals became more widespread and were being used by monasteries, guilds, aristocrats and eventually common folk.

The wax seal became integral to the signing of official documents and the sending and receiving of letters. Each seal would bear its owners unique design, such as a coat of arms or an emblem, and would have the same authority as a written signature has today.

Each watch from our Amare collection will have its very own authenticity numbered certificate. These are truly luxurious extra additions to your beautiful watch.

If you would like to see a video on how we wax seal your own authenticity numbered certificate, please watch below.