Wells Fargo & Company hand-held metal seal; looks like a pair of pliers. A white tag is attached, "NVF 14 A.14/3 A.14/3 7104A".
Lead Sealer, "80". probably the sealer's imprint, was purchased as office property in 1890 for $1.70. Another, "415", was purchased in 1907. (Ardmore)
Lead Sealers were made by C.I. Brooks & Co. (1882) and by Apex. Each lead sealer had a seal number on one of the imprinting dies, and the company's initials on the other. The sealer was used to crush and imprint a Lead & Wire Seal.
Lead & Wire Seals remain virtually unchanged since the 1880s. A small lead disc, about the size of a dime, and 1/8 inch thick, was attached to a 10" twisted wire, and packaged 100 to a box.
To use a seal, the twisted wire was threaded through aligned holes in the LOCK, or through the locking device of a trunk or container, and then back through the lead disc twice. The sealer would then be used to crush the disc, forming an imprinted seal, and preventing the wire from being removed.
Most railroads and trucking firms now use the "snap on" one-way tin seals, which need no special tool. However, many utility companies still use the lead seals on their meters.
|Dimensions||H-10 W-2 D-1 inches|