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Seal

Maker:
Jacob Boelen (ca. 1657–1729)
Date:
ca. 1704
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver, wood
Dimensions:
1 11/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. (4.3 x 3.8 x 7.3 cm); 1 oz. 11 dwt. (48.9 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of A. T. Clearwater, 1933; in cooperation with the Town of Marbletown, Ulster County, N.Y.
Accession Number:
33.120.375
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Governments, universities, and other organizations commissioned silversmiths to supply official silver, such as seals with which to stamp important documents. Surviving records in Marbletown, New York, indicate that the silversmith Jacob Boelen was hired in 1704 to make the town seal. In the upper register of its shield are two deer, symbolizing the mountainous hunting region around Marbletown. In the lower register, three sheaves of wheat allude to the surrounding lowland, fertile and well suited to the cultivation of grain. The town's name and motto "BE JUST / TO TRUST" are engraved around the edges.
Inscription: engraved on seal: [coat of arms in shield-shaped surround]
engraved above coat of arms in reverse in shaded roman: MARBLE[pellet]TOWN / [pellet]BE IVST [pellet] / TO TRVST [pellet]
(This is BE JUST TO TRUST)
Town of Marbletown, NY; Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, NY, 1925; bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933.
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