The seal is only one inch in diameter but beautifully engraved with the Griffin in the centre and what could only be a pigeon perched above. It is so finely engraved that I would guess it is not really an embossing die (as described) but more likely an ink impress stamp. It must have been originally held in some form of press for use on envelopes and letter heads, etc...but I am only guessing.
It is not much use in itself but I am a beggar for stuff like this and fascinated by the fact that it may have been in use in the Council Offices at the top of Argyle Street. I would be chuffed if someone came onto the board and confirmed the use of it in that place, or any other information for that matter.
So, what could we use it for? I was thinking we might declare UDI on South Tyne Council and once more go it alone...anybody up for that? With Hebburn now swimming in housing estates, just think of the local tax revenue we would be dragging in. We would have South Shields coming along and tapping us on the shoulder for a loan and we could tell them how and in what direction they might take!
Anyway, here it is in all of its glory, the right way round as the engraving itself is intaglio.
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