Dating to c.1690-1700, I am thrilled to present this historic, solid gold fob seal for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele! Measuring 20 mm tall and 11 mm x 12.7 mm across the seal, this magnificent heraldic jewel is proof that truly great things can come in small packages!
Wrought from 22k gold, this Stuart-era fob seal bears the arms of Sir Paul Jenkinson, Esq, of Derby, who was the Sheriff of Derbyshire from 1686-1687. Sir Paul Jenkinson was created a baronet on December 17, 1685, and this seal depicts the arms of the Jenkinsons of Walton Manor. This baronetcy became extinct with the death of the Paul's son Jonathan in 1739. Their family estate, Walton Manor, is of Great Britain's most famous great homes, which dates back to the 14th century, and still stands in Derbyshire today! (See last photo.)
His arms are described in heraldry as "Ermine, a bend, fusily, Gules." The ermine was a sign of high ranking peers, or royalty. Fusils (or lozenges) in heraldry are often associated with women, although in this case the shape of the seal itself is a lozenge instead of a shield. This element could also indicate possible co-ownership by Sir Paul's wife, Lady Catherine Revel Jenkinson. The seal is deeply and beautifully-carved, and is very crisp, leaving a terrific impression.
This magnificent seal has managed to survive the past 315+ years in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for; it appears to have been locked away for nearly three centuries! The Baroque bail and canted handhold are perfectly in keeping with fob seals dating from 1690-1710. This seal is unmarked, but tests to 22k gold. Simply an outstanding example of a late-Stuart armorial seal with a perfect provenance, this jewel looks wonderful worn as a pendant on a gold chain by a 21st-century lady or gentleman! This seal weighs 6.13 grams.
If you collect the ULTIMATE in early heraldic jewelry, this splendid fob seal belongs in your collection! It would also make a thrilling gift for any ladyor gentleman who is fascinated with English history, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this exquisite discovery; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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