This is a rare medieval silver-gilt Retainers ring, inscribed bezel with Black-letter script comprising of conjoined "SSS". The 'S' would signify a Lancastrian supporter, Retainer or Knight. The collar of Esses would be a good example of the type. The Lancastrian Kings that would date to this period would be the likes of King Henry IV, V and VI. A wonderful early ring in good excavated condition.
OBJECT: Retainers Ring
DATE: c. 1400 - 1475 AD
RING SIZE: 7 (US) O (UK)
SIZE: 20.17mm x 19.71mm x 3.54mm (bezel 11.20mm x 8.69mm x 1.79mm)
WEIGHT: 2.97 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly the property of an Essex collector
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