Ancient Roman Silver Finger Ring Keeled Type
This is an ancient Roman silver finger ring of Henig Type VIII (keeled type), dating to the 3rd century A.D. The ring is of a good size, with a plain bezel and decorated shoulders. A similar 'keeled' type ring in silver is further discussed at GLO-8C3E10. This example has been formed from a rod of silver, the terminals hammered and flattened, curled around and joined together to form the bezel. The line in the centre of the bezel is not a crack, but where both terminals form an overlapped join. It is still quite solid and without movement. This may have originally been covered over with a raised rim to hold a gemstone or intaglio. It is a great looking piece, robust and perfectly wearable today with consideration!
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century AD
RING SIZE: 7 (US) O (UK)
SIZE: 20mm x 24mm x 4mm (bezel 16mm x 11mm)
WEIGHT: 7.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, Essex.