Brass Postal Seal



Brass Postal Seal

Daventry's first post office began running in 1840 at no.8 Sheaf Street. Between 1890 and 1898 it was manage by Mrs Charlotte Anne Reynolds who was the vet's wife and lived next door at no.6. One of the Post Office's duties was to seal outgoing mail with a wax stamp. The design on the seal would be pressing into the heated wax that was usually placed on the flap of an envelope (see modern example). The recipient would not only know where the mail was coming from but would also be sure that no one had read the contents.

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Record number:2011.158
Simple name:postal seal
Classification term:rich histories
Period:19th century, late
Date:1890 1898
Associated organisation:Post Office, Daventry