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In colonial times writers would use wax to seal their letters shut. They would first melt a bit of wax onto their folded letters, then press it down tightly with a seal or a large, flat-topped ring. The designs and symbols on some seals could tell you a lot about the person who sent each letter. You can create your own seal and show support for the loyalist cause.

Loyalists considered themselves citizens of Great Britain and subjects of the Crown. Their seals might have included such elements as crowns, lions and unicorns (two animals found on the British coat of arms) or designs inspired by the British flag.

Seals might have included mottoes. These were most often in Latin, but were written in other languages as well, both of the mottoes below are in French.

  • Dieu et mon droit (God and my right)
  • Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

Pick a seal type below and click on it to download a larger version (.PDF). Design your seal to show where your loyalty lies!

Small plain seal Small seal with crown Small fancy seal