Chafe-wax


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  • Chafe-wax — A chafe wax, or chaff wax, was an officer under the Lord Chancellor, whose business it was to fit the wax for sealing of writs, patents, and other instruments issued from there.[1] The office of chaff wax was abolished in 1852.[2] References ^ …   Wikipedia

  • chafe-wax — …   Useful english dictionary

  • chafe — chafe; chafe·wax; en·chafe; …   English syllables

  • wax — Car·bo·wax; chafe·wax; de·wax; pax·wax; wax; wax·berry; wax·er; wax·er·man; wax·haw; wax·i·ly; wax·i·ness; wax·man; woad·wax·en; wood·wax·en; bees·wax; de·wax·able; woad·wax; …   English syllables

  • chaff-wax — var. of chafe wax …   Useful english dictionary

  • chafewax — chafe·wax …   English syllables

  • Chafewax — Chafe wax , or Chaffwax Chaff wax , n. (Eng. Law) Formerly a chancery officer who fitted wax for sealing writs and other documents. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chaffwax — Chafewax Chafe wax , or Chaffwax Chaff wax , n. (Eng. Law) Formerly a chancery officer who fitted wax for sealing writs and other documents. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chauffer of Chancery — The official in *chancery whose task was to heat the wax on the occasions when the *great seal was being used. A chafer was a small grate which held fire for heating. Chauffer was known more colloquially as chafe wax. [< OldFr. chauffer = to… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Spigurnel — Title of the sealer of writs in *chancery in the 13 14c. It was he who actually used the seal on documents, assisted by the *chauffer, or chafe wax. The title is found as a surname in the 14c. The Latin form is spigurnellus …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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