Medieval gilt-bronze signet ring with merchants mark

Medieval gilt-bronze signet ring with merchants mark

Code: 11360


This is a large late medieval signet ring, dating to the 15th - 16th century. The device is of a series of geometric symbols based around a '4' used as a merchants mark for sealing. A similar example has been recorded from Carlisle LANCUM-85944C. This ring would at one time been fully mercurial gold-gilded to appear to be made from solid gold. A large wearable ring (that may have once been worn over a glove). The ring is in excavated condition and with traces of the original gilding

OBJECT: Signet Ring

CULTURE: Medieval

DATE: c. 15th - 16th century A.D.

MATERIAL: Bronze (gold-gilded)

RING SIZE:  11 1/4   (US)     W 1/4  (UK) 

SIZE: 26.96mm x 25.92mm x 5.35mm (bezel 16.80mm x 12.79mm x 3.94mm)

WEIGHT:  11.26  grams

PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. Hertfordshire.