Wax was melted by lighting the tip of a coiled wax length. This is called a wax jack.
The melted wax blob was placed on the outside of a letter or document. A personal desk seal or a fob seal was pressed into the wax to identify the sender or owner of the document. Aristocrat families had their own coat of arms and others may have had their initials or their name on the seal.1808 Silver Wax Jack With Coil Of Red Wax, Irish. #RegencyEra #writing Click To Tweet