Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
A wax or other item used to close an item to indicate whether or not the item has been opened since the seal was applied. A letter writer would compose the letter, fold it over, pour wax over the joint formed by the top of the page of paper, and then impress a ring or other symbol to: * Seal the document to prevent tampering * Provide proof that the document is actually from the sender and is not a forgery