official seal

official seal
The seal affixed to a document by a public officer. Kirksey v Bates (Ala) 7 Port 529. The instrumentality for affixing a seal that goes with a public office as part of the paraphernalia of office. Such a seal must contain enough to show the official character of the officer and must be capable of making a distinct and uniform impression upon the paper upon which it is used, or on some tenacious substance such as wax attached thereto, capable of receiving an impression. A seal in the form of a scrawl of the pen does not fill the requirements of an official seal. 47 Am J1st Seals § 7. See great seal; seal of court.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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