The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consignation \Con`sig*na"tion\, n. [L. consignatio written
proof, document: cf. F. consignation comsignation.]
1. The act of consigning; the act of delivering or committing
to another person, place, or state. [Obs.]
So is despair a certain consignation to eternal
ruin. --Jer. Taylor.
2. The act of ratifying or establishing, as if by signing;
A direct consignation of pardon. --Jer. Taylor.
3. A stamp; an indication; a sign. [Obs.]
The most certain consignations of an excellent
virtue. --Jer. Taylor.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CONSIGNATION, contracts. In the civil law, it is a deposit which a debtor
makes of the thing that he owes, into the hands of a third person, and under
the authority of a court of justice. Poth. Oblig. P. 3, c. 1, art. 8.
2. Generally the consignation is made with a public officer it is very
similar to our practice of paying money into court.
3. The term to consign, or consignation, is derived from the Latin
consignare, which signifies to seal, for it was formerly the practice to
seal up the money thus received in a bag or box. Aso & Man. Inst. B. 2, t.
11, c. 1, Sec. 5. See Burge on Sur. 138.