An early 18th century wood and unmarked silver Fob Seal.
A carved wood and unmarked silver Fob Seal, circa 1750, the matrix formed as a script cypher. A label attached to the seal reads: ‘E. Museum H.B. Tristram. The seal of my ancestor Matthew Tristram who died A.D. 1710. Given me by my Aunt Jane Piers. Left to her by her Aunt Catherine Tristram 1814.‘
Henry Baker Tristram FRS (11 May 1822 – 8 March 1906) was a clergyman and a naturalist – a founder of the British Ornithologists’ Union, Fellow of the Royal Society and an early supporter of Darwin’s theoriy of evolution. He was the son of Rev. Henry Baker Tristram, of Eglingham, Northumberland, who died in 1837. Henry Baker Tristram was the son of the Revd. Thomas Tristram and his wife, the Hon. Louisa Barrington.
The Rev. Thomas Tristram had been born in Old Swinford, Worcestershire, in 1756. The Tristram family can be traced back to the fifteenth century in Worcestershire and Shropshire. The owner of this seal must have been Matthew Tristram, of Brookfield in Belbroughton and Stourbridge (born 1723, died 04.04.1796), rector of Barkston, who married Anne Bennett daughter and coheir of Nicholas Bennett. Matthew was the second son of John Tristram, a physician, and the father of the Rev. Thomas Tristram.
Good. The later manuscript label torn.
Height – 2.50 cm.; Width – 0.80 cm.; Depth – 0.70 cm.; Weight – 5.40 gms.