[Madrid, 1808. Small sheet, folded into a square, 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. A few small worm holes, one larger at bottom left corner not affecting seal. Top portion of seal text obscured by residual wax. Good. Paper seal intended for use on Spanish government documents and letters by the King Ferdinand VII in 1808. This seal must date from the short period that Ferdinand was king in 1808, from March to May. His predecessor Charles IV had abdicated after a popular uprising, and Napoléon forced Ferdinand to stand down after only two months. Ferdinand was kept prisoner in France until 1813, when he was eventually restored to the throne. He then ruled until 1833, during which time Spain lost most of its overseas colonial territories to local revolution. (Inventory #: WRCAM51826)
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