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Seal - Ararat Lunatic Asylum, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: SH 850010

A hand-operated aparatus used for stamping wax seals on letters at Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria, Australia, circa 1867 - 1905
flat, heavy, oblong base out of which rises a thick, hollow shaft, curved in a quarter circle, flattened on sides and rounded at end. Has slit on top into which fits diagonal lever with slim, elegantly shaped wooden handle. When handle is pushed down the seal - short, metal cylinder engraved underneath with a crown and "Lunatic Asylum, Ararat" - is imprinted onto wax on the letter. A 3cm hole is directly under the seal. Painted black with plain gold and red border around base and with scrolled decoration in gold, red and turquoise on back and sides of main shaft. Letter (with wax) is placed on base under stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.00 cm (Height), 10.50 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, stationary, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Administration
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: Engraved: LUNATIC ASYLUM/ARARAT.
Place & Date Used: Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum), Ararat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880
References: card with exhibit.

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