Database: Sigillography

The Dobrée museum has around 4,000 wax seals (some are also made of lead, tin and copper). These are not seals taken from documents in the archives, but seals that were made “for their own value”.

The collection features seals from two different sources:

  • A monk from Melleray, who was fascinated by sigillography, visited hundreds of families to collect a large amount of wax imprints at the end of the 19th, early 20th century. Thus, he created a database with over 2,100 seals representing the coats of arms of 2,700 families!  
  • A thousand imprints of signet rings were made for the families of the region by jeweler Egenne-Lechat, who set up shop in Nantes at the end of the 19th century.

 The online database gives you access to over 2,000 of the seals in our collection. 


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Guéhénneuc (De) / Plouays de Chantelou

Guéhénneuc (De) / Plouays de Chantelou

  • OrigineEn Bretagne / En Bretagne