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This is a large late medieval signet ring, dating to the 15th - 16th century. The device is of a series of geometric symbols based around a '4' used as a merchants mark for sealing. A similar example has been recorded from Carlisle LANCUM-85944C. This ring would at one time been fully mercurial gold-gilded to appear to be made from solid gold. A large wearable ring (that may have once been worn over a glove). The ring is in excavated condition and with traces of the original gilding
OBJECT: Signet Ring
DATE: c. 15th - 16th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Bronze (gold-gilded)
RING SIZE: 11 1/4 (US) W 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 26.96mm x 25.92mm x 5.35mm (bezel 16.80mm x 12.79mm x 3.94mm)
WEIGHT: 11.26 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. Hertfordshire.