This is a nice Medieval silver betrothal/wedding ring, dating to the 15th century AD.
Medieval lovers gave each other rings, and rings were used to mark betrothals and weddings, but among surviving rings, it is impossible today to distinguish these different uses. Such rings are generally called 'fede' (faith) rings. Rings showing clasped hands first appeared in Roman times when they represented a legal contract. Since the clasping of hands was part of the medieval betrothal ceremony, it is not surprising to find rings that can be attributed to the 'wedding ring' genre. Either way, it would be impossible to distinguish this ring as commemorative of love, betrothal or marriage. It is a fine example, robust and strong, ideal for daily wear!
OBJECT: Wedding/Fede Ring
DATE: c. 15th century AD
RING SIZE: 10 3/4 (US) V 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 22.61mm x 22.77mm x 4.17mm
WEIGHT: 2.53 grams
PROVENANCE: From a European private collection, Paris.
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