Wax was melted by lighting the tip of a coiled wax length. This appliance is called a wax jack and this one has snippers for cutting off a wax length.
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.1675 ca. Steel Wax Jack, British. #RegencyEra #writing Click To Tweet