Seal of George III

The Great Seal of the Realm is a seal that is used to symbolise the Sovereign's approval of state documents. This is part of the seal of King George III.

One side of this important seal shows enslaved people on a plantation taking sugar cane to be processed in a crushing mill. By the 1760s taxation on imported sugar was enough to maintain the whole British navy. This highlights the important role of enslaved people in Britain’s economic success.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
seal of George III
Simple Name
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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seal of George III with reverse showing mills crushing sugar canes