This is a very nice medieval signet ring, dating to the 15th century. The round bezel is engraved with an armorial device, which depicts a bend between two floriated crosses. Below is a black-letter inscription reading as "Antonie le Lios" Antonie the Lion? The circumference is dotted. This is a large ring, likely worn over a glove (as was the fashion). Such a ring would have been an important seal owned by a knight or merchant as a (means of authenticating transactions and letters). Today this ring has survived down intact and in excellent condition, suitable to be cleaned and worn again today!
OBJECT: Signet Ring
DATE: c. 15th century AD
RING SIZE: 11 (US) V 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 26mm x 24mm x 7mm (bezel 15mm x 17mm x 4mm)
WEIGHT: 13.4 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a European private collection, in France.
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