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n South African Journal of Cultural History - 'Het behoorlijk zegel' : seals at the Cape during the period of Dutch administration

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Abstract

Sigillography is an important auxiliary to many areas of historical research. The most significant component of our heraldic heritage from the VOC period at the Cape is to be found in the wax impressions of seals from that time. The seal is an engraved die or stamp used to certify documents and other property. The term is also used for the mark itself. Long before the widescale advent of reading and writing, seals were used to mark personal instruments. In Southern Africa the use of seals can be traced back to the establishment of a refreshment station by the VOC in 1652.

Seëlkunde of sfragistiek is 'n belangrike hulpmiddel vir baie fasette van historiese navorsing. Die vernaamste deel van ons heraldiese erfenis uit die VOC bewind 'op het Kaap' bestaan uit lak-afdrukke van seëls. Die seël is 'n gegraveerde matrys of stempel wat gebruik is om dokumente en ander voorwerpe te merk. Die term is ook vir die merk as sodanig gebruik. Nog voor die meeste mense kon lees en skryf is seëls gebruik om persoonlike besittings en ander items te identifiseer. In Suider Afrika het die gebruik van seëls aan land met die stigting van 'n verversingpos deur die VOC in 1652 'n aanvang geneem.

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2003-06-01
2016-12-07
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