Henry VIII

Great Seal of Henry VIII


Morgan Wolff


The Great Seal is appended to official documents of state to signify the monarch's consent. It is made of wax pressed between two seal matrices, over a cord or tape attached to the document. This side shows the King on horseback complete with sword. The seal is now without its original document. Although only partially legible on this example, the royal style and title (in Latin) is abbreviated around the circumference. This is the third seal of Henry's reign, which was used from 1542. It was the first to include his new title of Supreme Head of the Church of England.

Brown wax

14 cm (diameter)

RCIN 63740