This is a fabulous medieval silver signet ring, dating to the 15th - 16th century. The bezel is deeply engraved with an initial of W.S. in the Lombardic script. Above and below are floral sprays and the circumference is dotted. This is a large ring, likely worn over a glove (as was the fashion). Such a ring would have been a costly and important jewel owned by a wealthy merchant as a (means of authenticating transactions and letters). Today this ring has survived down to us in perfect condition, having been cleaned and worn by its previous custodian. A Marvellous ring in all respects!
OBJECT: Signet Ring
DATE: c. 15th - 16th century AD
RING SIZE: 14 1/2 (US)
SIZE: 29mm x 30mm x 9mm (bezel 18mm x 17mm x 4mm)
WEIGHT: 20.11 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, West Sussex. UK.
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