A ladies' gold metamorphic desk seal, c.1860,
with a carved white agate pommel handle. A hinged oval base, with raised gothic style strapwork to a bloomed ground, with a matching collar above, with chased bands between. A bloodstone matrix, intaglio engraved with a crest, hinged to reveal a smaller cornelian matrix, intaglio engraved with a monogram, and a third banded agate matrix intaglio engraved with the name Sophia, with hand engraved foliate decoration. Tested as approximately 15ct gold. 83 x 26mm, based 23.26 x 21.40mm, 66.36g
The arms are those of Macnamara impaling Hare. This is the seal of Lady Sophia Macnamara (nee Hare) who was born in 1836 the 5th child and 4th daughter of the 1st Earl of Listowel. In 1854 she married Arthur Macnamara at Ballyhooley in Cork and the couple were settled at Flamstead in Hertfordshire by 1861 (according to the census data). Lady Sophia died in 1912, having been a Lady in Waiting to Princess Louise (later Duchess of Argyll).
Provenance: The Peter and Pat Crofts Collection
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Light surface marks to the mounts.
The collar is very dirty and tarnished with a residue of polish and rouge in the recessed areas.
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