GREAT SEAL DEPUTED of WILLIAM & MARY, 1692
By John T. Marck
During the royal period, 1692-1715, the Great Seal of the Calvert family was replaced by royal seals, called deputed seals, for use on all official acts of government. The first of these deputed seals, the William & Mary Great Seal, is known by a single example on a proclamation of Governor John Seymour. The border design cannot be determined, but the center bears the WMR royal cipher. The Maryland great seals deputed were unique among colonial royal seals in incorporating the royal cipher.
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