Medieval silver-gilt fede betrothal ring

Medieval silver-gilt fede betrothal ring

Code: 12051


This is a nice Medieval silver-gilt betrothal/wedding ring, dating to the 15th - early 16th 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, in good excavated condition.

OBJECT: Wedding/Fede Ring

CULTURE: Medieval

DATE: c. 15th century AD


RING SIZE:   10    (US)      T 1/2 (UK)

SIZE: 22.9mm x 21.7mm x 3mm x 7.1mm 

WEIGHT: 2.39 grams

PROVENANCE: From an English private collection, Derbyshire.