Extremely rare set of four Fobs belonging to George Spencer-Churchill, the 6th Duke of Marlborough, and Great Grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill. The 6th Duke of Marlborough lived from 1793 until July 1857. The four seals with agate intaglios are all symbols of Sir George's family crest and his Churchillian motto "Fiel Petro Desdichado" which translates to Faithful though Disinherited. The 6th Duke of Marlborough's father was a supporter of the King during the English Civil War. He lost all his property and was never compensated for his losses. This motto was carried forward through the generations down to Winston Churchill. On the white agate fob is an engraving of a griffin with an arrow tip on its tail, on the bloodstone, a lion on all fours holding a flag, the carnelian shows a spread winged griffin on a crown and on the small bloodstone fob is the family motto. The fobs arrive on their large engraved Victorian split ring. These engravings were used for personal family affairs rather than affairs of state. All fobs are fancy and are completely engraved in raised repousse engraving..
George Spencer Churchill was educated at Eton and later at Christ Church, Oxford. He was an ultra Tory. For details of his life and family, see Wikipedia.
The fobs are in fine condition. Wear on a ribbon or antique chain. The large split ring alone is valuable.
Measurements: Largest Bloodstone with Lion, 1 1/8 high, Carnelian with Gryphon on Crown, 1 1/8, Bloodstone with Motto, 1 in. White Agate with Gryphon 1 in. From The Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Antique Victorian Winston Churchill Family Fobs of Duke of Marlborough