The Founding of Maryland

The Lord's Baltimore

Historical Figures From Maryland

Maryland's Historical Sites and other Places of Interest

Historical African American Figures From Maryland

History of the State Flag

Great Seal of Maryland

Former Great Seals of Maryland

Official State Symbols

Maryland's County Seals

Maryland's Firsts

Maryland's Governor's 1634 to Present Day

Maryland's County Establishment

Maryland's County Seats

Maryland State Parks and Forests

Maryland's Regions

Maryland's Population

Fort Frederick and the French and Indian War

The Maryland Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

The Peggy Stewart

Civil War Battles in Maryland

The Baltimore Colts

Anne Wolseley Calvert

Everything Beatles!

About Famous People!




GREAT SEAL of 1817

Impressions of all earlier Maryland seals had been made in softened wax. The wax seal was then suspended, pendant-like, from the document by a paper or cloth ribbon. The Great Seal of 1817 was designed to emboss the image into the paper itself, a more efficient means of sealing. The engraved seal was made of steel. Its main decorative device is the American eagle surrounded by a border ornamented with thirteen points, symbolizing the original thirteen states.








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