Ancient Coins and Artefacts, World Coins, Tokens and Medallions, Islamic Coins (30 September 2013)

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Date of Auction: 30th September 2013


Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

16th century, Tudor silver Vervel or hawking ring, shield-shaped bezel decorated with finely engraved design of a boy's head with coiled snake below, outside of hoop inscribed f. vaghan. Of detailed and intricate workmanship, very fine or better and very rare £1,500-2,000


Provenance: Found at Sutton-on-Derwent (East Yorkshire), August 2012 (2012 - T579).

Francis Vaughan (
c. 1553–August 1597) was descended from the Vaughan family of the Welsh Marches, whose number includes the infamous Black Vaughan, a fifteenth century Lord who, with his vicious dog, is said to haunt the Herefordshire borderlands and who inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. John Vaughan purchased the manor of Sutton-upon-Derwent in 1559, about the time of his appointment as High Sheriff of Yorkshire. As a Protestant he was a staunch supporter of Elizabeth I in the north of England and was involved in the defeat of the plot to overthrow her and bring Mary Queen of Scots to the throne. Although he was chosen to hand over the rebel earl of Northumberland to the Queen, his detractors claim that he played no active role in the suppression of the rebellion. John died in June 1577 and his estates, including Sutton-upon-Derwent, passed to his son, Francis. He was married to Anne Boynton, daughter of Sir Thomas Boynton, High Sheriff of Yorkshire 1576-7. Francis himself held the same post in 1594-5