Sealing on a tongue
Sealing on a tongue belonged to the form of appended
sealing (as opposed to applied sealing); sealings on tongues and tags were appended sealings.
Sealings on a tongue involved a simple cut (simplex cauda) for the
seal to be placed on the tongue. Some earlier charters were sealed on tongues.
Writs were continuously sealed on tongues. When the writs or the early charters
were sealed close, they had a wrapping tie. Charters after the early twelfth century
were usually sealed patent (open), but writs were continuously sealed close.
Although some charters before the early twelfth century were sealed on tongues,
most charters were sealed on a tag.