from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The study or science of seals; knowledge of the kinds and uses of seals.
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- noun The
studyof seals, especially those attached to documents.
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The so-called auxiliary sciences of history, i.e. palæography, diplomatics, epigraphy, numismatics, sigillography, or sphragistics, furnish practical rules that generally suffice to determine approximately the age of a manuscript.
To these we may add numismatics, sigillography, and especially linguistics, not so much for a surer interpretation of the texts as for procuring data from which may be conclusively established the origins of peoples and their migrations.