Seal belonging to Baron de Thierry.
Baron de Thierry’s claims centred on his connection to the French King Charles X, his godfather. When he bought land in the Hokianga, he titled himself, “Sovereign Chief of New Zealand”.
This seal represents his principality at Mount Isabella, Rangiāhua and consists of two Māori bearing a coat of arms with the inscription, “ TENAX Strength and Harmony”.
When his settlement failed in 1845, de Thierry moved to Auckland, where he earned a living as a music teacher.
Seal belonging to Baron de Thierry, with wax impression. OCM Ephemera Collection.