Symbolic Delivery Law and Legal Definition

Symbolic delivery refers to delivery of goods by way of gift or sale, when it is either inaccessible or cumbersome. Goods under symbolic delivery are offered through substitute article that indicates the donative’s intent of the donor or seller and is accepted as the representative of the original item.

Symbolic delivery is sufficient, where, under the circumstances, a seller is not in possession of the thing sold, or it is of such a nature that it is not susceptible of manual delivery. In Springer v. Lipsis, 110 Ill. App. 109 (Ill. App. Ct. 1903), it was held that symbolic delivery is sufficient where the mortgaged goods are of such a nature that they will not admit of an actual manual delivery. A symbolic delivery is sufficient to transfer the possession where such is the intention of the parties.