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Swivel seal fob
Maličký, Pavel ; Bláhová, Marie (advisor) ; Županič, Jan (referee)
F Abstract The main goal of this diploma thesis is a presentation of the phenomenon of the calotte rotary seal, a type of a personal sealing tool allowing the user to seal with three identities. Their development can be traced from the last quarter of the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The importance of the calotte seals can be seen on more levels: they witness the end of the era of sealing under a paper cover, symbolize the transformation of the sealing tool into a device indicating its owner's status and turn the seal into a piece of jewelry in a short time. Since these were personal items, the frequency of their occurrence in collections is minimal and references in the expert literature are almost not to be found. As late as in 1970, a brief mention of their existence was made in the basic work of European sfragistics by E. Kittel: "Siegel". It is clear from this that a familiarization with this seal type has offered an attractive subject for the diploma thesis, divided into a general and a special part. The general part presents the two-hundred-year development of sealing tools' construction, describing it and introducing terminology, richly documented by pen-and-ink drawings of their individual components. Special attention is dedicated to the calottes, classified according to the...