||James I (1603-25) Era silver clich? ND, of Nicholas & Dorothy Wadham, uncertified Very Fine. A beautiful example of Renaissance art, as the portraits feature the neck ruff that was so popular at the time. Portraits are 3/4 facing and sharply defined. The obverse features a fine bearded image of Nicholas, while the reverse shows his wife wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Surrounding the portraits is a pair of Christian legends in English, as shown in our photographs. Each rim consists of a series of links (around Nicholas, shaped like arrowheads) and four skulls, relating to the deaths of the Wadhams (he in 1609, she in 1618) and imagistic of human mortality. The pair had married in 1555; having no children, they determined to leave their fortune to the good of education. Oxford University?s Wadham College is a result of Dorothy?s hard work and resolve in bringing the project to fruition after Nicholas died. This lovely memento is lacking its suspension loop, and originally came in a book-form leather case published in 1618. Made of cast silver, with two panels soldered to form a medal-like clich?. The patina is a rich silvery gray, well set, and most pleasing to the eye. Rarely seen. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.
Realized $822.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.