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    Sale 7441

    Important Silver

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 602

    A JAMES I SILVER-GILT MEDAL

    STRUCK IN 1618

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    A JAMES I SILVER-GILT MEDAL
    STRUCK IN 1618
    The front stamped with three-quarter bust of Nicholas Wadham and the legend 'WHEN CHRIST WHO IS OVR LIFE SHAL APPEARE', the back with a three-quarter bust of Dorothy Wadham and the legend 'WE SHAL APPEARE WITH HIM IN GLORY', each side with foliage and momento morti skulls, contained in a later fitted leather covered box in the form of a book, the spine gilt with the legend 'Wadham on Silver 1618'
    2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high


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    Nicholas Wadham, a wealthy Somerset landowner, died in 1609. In his will he left funds for the founding of what became Wadham College at Oxford University. The fulfilment of his rather vague design was due to his widow Dorothy Wadham, a remarkable woman in her late seventies who not only provided a large part of the original endowment, but carried through the negotiations for a Royal charter, purchased a site and chose architects to such effect that the original buildings were completed and the College ready to receive students in 1613. She died in 1618, aged 84, at which time this medal was struck.

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    Provenance

    With Grinke & Rodgers, London, November 1969


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. B. JUEL-JENSEN