This is an ancient Roman silver finger ring of a 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.
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