This is my only medicine
A rare 1820’s Napoleonic supporter’s seal, with symbols engraved on smokey quartz. The three dimensional seal is engraved on one side with the crowned imperial eagle of Napoleon. The second side is engraved with a skull surrounded by the motto : C’est mon seul remède – This[death] is my only medicine. The third side is incised with two doves holding a ribboned knot surrounded by the inscription: Plus ils s’éloignent plus les fils se resserrent – The further they fly, the tighter the threads become. On May 5th 1821, Napoleon, who once ruled an empire that stretched across Europe, died as a prisoner in exile on the remote island of Saint Helena, where he had been imprisoned since 1815, separated from his wife and son. The crowned eagle was Napoleon’s personal standard until 1814, the doves symbolise his separation from his family and the skull and attendant motto refer to his failing health and impending death. The fob is mounted in silver and is 2 and 1/4 inches tall and 1 and 3/4 inches wide. Very fine quality seal engraving, poignant and extremely rare.