King Henry VII's Great Seal Chocolate Replica
Created exclusively for The National Archives from a mould of the actual seal used by Henry VII to validate and authenticate documents, this hand poured chocolate replica makes a unique gift.
The National Archives holds one of the most extensive collections of historic documents in the world, spanning over 1,000 years, a collection which includes over 250,000 seal impressions.
In the middle ages, seal impressions, often made from bees wax, were the primary means of authenticating or validating documents, and often acted in place of a signature.
The 'great seal' - a term that refers to the seal used by a monarch is a method of validation that is still used to this day. Traditionally, when one reign ends and a new one begins, the old great seal is ceremonially broken into pieces while a new great seal is then cast in precious metal.
Expertly crafted in Britain using Belgian chocolate to show every original detail. Available exclusively from The National Archives shop.
This exact replica of the original is approximately 10cms in diameter and 2cms deep and is moulded in a complete 3D relief showing both sides of the original seal. As this item is hand poured and moulded from an original 15th century seal there may be slight imperfections in the detail and finish of each chocolate replica. Weight: 185 grams.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier: soya lecithin, natural vanilla milk chocolate contains: cocoa solids 33.5% minimum, milk solids 21.8% minimum. May contain nuts. Store in a cool dry place.