Silver octagonal seal with stamped initials LF and skeleton holding arrow
Skeleton Seal

This silver seal found in 2005 bears an intricate scene reminding its owner of the short time he had on Earth. A skeleton holds both an hourglass and an arrow, representing the passage of time and the shortness of life. The owner’s initials, “L F,” are above the hourglass. After pushing it into hot wax, the seal would then have been pressed onto documents in order to seal them. This image of the seal has been digitally reversed, as the initials would need to be backwards so that they would appear correctly on the document. “L F” is unknown, but he most likely faced his mortality at Jamestown.