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LOT 0608

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Post Medieval Gold John Enys, High Sheriff of Cornwall, Memento Mori Ring

Dated 1802 AD

A flat-section gold memorial ring with three black enamel bands, the median with reserved text in capitals ':: John Enys Esq: Ob: 11 Oct:1802:Æt:31', hallmarked to the inner face with 'WH' symbol, lion and 'G'. 7.81 grams, 20.46mm overall, 18.03mm internal diameter (approximate size British P, USA 7 1/2, Europe 16.23, Japan 15) (3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
From the Whitehead family collection; acquired on the UK art market; accompanied by copies of various research papers on John Enys (High Sheriff of Cornwall) and the Enys family.

Footnotes
The Enys family estate has its roots in the 13th century and at its height owned property in over thirty parishes in Cornwall. John Enys was the son of Samuel Enys and Sarah Penrose, born in 1772. He was made High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1796. He married Jane Maria, the second daughter of William Villebois of Feltham Place, Middlesex, but the marriage produced no children. After his accidental death in 1802 at the age of 30, the estate passed into the hands of his uncle, Francis Enys. The son of Francis Enys, John Samuel, improved the large gardens and rebuilt the burnt down Tudor house. His eldest son continued improving the gardens by adding new plants sent by his brothers from New Zealand. His younger brother inherited the estate and established a New Zealand garden in the grounds. Today the holding of land is much reduced consisting of about 1000 acres of farmland and woodland and is open for public during the summer months.


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