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Medieval Silver Wedding Ring "Fede" Type

£350.00

Code: 11605



This is a late medieval silver betrothal/wedding ring, dating to the 15th - 16th century A.D. 

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.

A very nice example in excellent condition.

OBJECT: Wedding Ring

CULTURE: Medieval

DATE: c. 1450 - 1550 A.D.

MATERIAL: Silver

RING SIZE:     8   (US)      Q  (UK)

SIZE: 21mm x 21mm x 3mm (bezel 13mm x 7mm x 2mm) 

WEIGHT: 2.64 grams

PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Worcestershire