A Wax Jack. What is that thing?

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Erik Wagner

where does one find replacement wax tapers?


I do remember as a child that we would tie parcels with string then use a stick of sealing wax to drip over the knot so it couldn’t be tampered with! Alas we didn’t have a seal but it would have been hard to impress over a knot anyway.
Some of these jacks were pretty elaborate, thank you for sharing this information!

Elizabeth Wallace

I just saw a reference to it in the most recent Foreigner book, how lovely! What an elegant alternative to just dripping a candle on letters 🙂


Fascinating! I have never heard of or seen a wax jack before. Thanks for sharing your research with us!

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