Impression of Richard Burton's "joke" seal

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Wax impression of Richard Burton’s “joke” seal with accompanying sketch of seal by Bernadette Rivett. The motto states:’Don't you wish you may get it’.

In correspondence held in the Royal Asiatic Society Library Archives, Mary S. Lovell suggests that the wax seal was produced by one side of a three-sided seal device made for Burton. One side carried the Burton arms, the second the Burton motto and the third was the thumb to nose cartoon found within this archive. Burton gave it to his cousin George Burton, with the advice to use it when he wrote to a 'damned snob'. Present whereabouts of the seal is unknown.