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The Connecticut State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Connecticut serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Constitution State". The Connecticut state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the Connecticut state seal expressed in Latin as "Qui transtulit sustinet" which means:

"He who transplanted sustains"

The Connecticut state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Connecticut state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the Connecticut seal are described with fast facts and info.

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Facts on the Connecticut State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Connecticut State Seal:

Connecticut State Seal Facts
Fact 1: The original Connecticut seal was brought from England in 1639 by Colonel George Fenwick
Fact 2: The original displayed 15 grapevines
Fact 3: It was used for the symbol of the Saybrook Colony
Fact 4: The Saybrook Colony was established by John Winthrop the son of the famous Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Fact 5: It was redesigned in 1784 and the three vines  are believed represent the three colonies of New Haven, Saybrook and the Connecticut Colony.

Original Connecticut State Seal

 

The Meaning of the Motto on the Connecticut State Seal
The origin of the Connecticut motto was explained in an article written in 1889 by State Librarian Charles J. Hoadley who said that "The vines symbolize the Colony brought over and planted here in the wilderness... expresses our belief that He who brought over the vine continues to take care of it "Qui transtulit sustinet.". The original Connecticut design with 15 grapevines displays an image representing the hand of God holding the banner.

Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Connecticut State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The new, less elaborately decorated Connecticut seal with 3 grapevines was larger in size and more oval shaped than the original design.
In heraldry grapes symbolize liberality, felicity, and peace and is associated with wine-making and abundance
The three  grape vines are believed to represent the three colonies of New Haven, Saybrook, and Connecticut (Hartford), which, by 1665, had merged to form the lands of Connecticut at that time
The original Latin motto of "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" meaning 'He who transplanted sustains' remained in the banner on the design
The words around the edge, in capital  letters, are SIGILLUM REIPUBLICAE CONNECTICUTENSIS meaning 'Seal of the State of Connecticut'
The Connecticut seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Colonial Seal of 1876
The picture of the flyer shows the seal of colonial Connecticut in 1876 in which the 3 grapevines are shown as three trees.

Official seal of colonial Connecticut in 1635
Flyer design of 1876

The flyer is interesting as it reflects the lifestyle of the people. The pioneers and the use of the famous covered wagons and the settlers with their log cabin house behind them.

 

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