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IHS Brass Stamp

This is one of my many antique brass stamps that I use to decorate your leather books.  This one contains a monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. “IHS” is the Christogram for the Greek spelling of Jesus (ΙΗΣ- iota-eta-sigma; short for ΙΗΣΟΥΣ).  Basically it is the first three letters of the Greek spelling. This is a very basic explanation of a very complex, and rather interesting history of the use of monograms in the early and medieval Church.