Webster 1913 Edition
A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual; – called also
I had my father’s
signetin my purse.
a ring containing a signet or private seal.–
Writer to the signet
a judicial officer who prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the office of the secretary of state.
Webster 1828 Edition