Phantom of the Opera Sealing Wax Stamp

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  • Sold Date: Apr 14, 2007
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Phantom of the Opera Sealing Wax Stamp

This item was inspired by the motion picture starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. When I found that a reproduction was not commercially available, I created this in collaboration with two other artisans who are experts in their respective fields, intending to emulate and pay homage to the movie prop.

The actual metallic stamp was investment cast in pure silicon bronze - an alloy favored by sculptors for its melting point, flow characteristics, and attractive patina. The only other metal is a small amount of silver that was used to repair minor flaws in the inner skull image caused by an irregularity in the casting, which is common in this method. You may notice the repair in the photograph. And though the outer surface appears to have a rather ruddy, "bronzy" color to it, you should expect it to darken as the metal ages and gains patina. If this is not your preference, a bit of Brasso will maintain the bright shine, since the metal is unvarnished. The stamp medallion itself is approximately 2" in diameter and just under 1" tall. It's quite substantial and, together with the handle, weighs over 12 ounces: three-quarters of a pound. The entire piece stands roughly 6.5" tall. The skull image is very deep and three-dimensional, making a wax seal with extremely high relief: nearly
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