Seal press with New York Chamber of Commerce seal

Object Number: 
2008.10.2.1-2
Date: 
ca. 1770, ca. 1850
Medium: 
Cast iron, paint, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 x 4 x 10 in. (35.6 x 10.2 x 25.4 cm) Part (.1): 14 × 4 × 10 in. (35.6 × 10.2 × 25.4 cm) Part (.2): 3 i
Description: 
Cast iron seal press with original silver seal of the New York Chamber of Commerce. Circular seal inscribed "The Seal of the Chamber of Commerce New York MDCCLXX" with center image of god Mercury, emblems of commerce, and motto "Non Nobis Nati Solum."
Gallery Label: 
This mid-19th century seal press incorporates the original seal of the New York Chamber of Commerce. The seal was made in London in 1770, the year the Chamber was incorporated. Supposedly the last colonial president of the Chamber and keeper of the seal, Isaac Low, took the seal to England in 1783 when he fled with the British troops. It was discovered years later in a curiosity shop and returned to the Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Partnership for New York City
Provenance: 
New York Chamber of Commerce
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group