Signet rings occur in various ancient civilizations, as they were used to “sign” documents through the impression on hot wax of the symbol on the ring, which would lead to the owner. During the Medieval period, seal rings were widely used in trading to ensure the authenticity and security of a document or letter. The social status of the owner was reflected in the size and media of such seal rings, with the combination of motives engraved on the bezel providing further insight into the owner’s identity, such as their place in a family.
Medieval Bronze Signet Ring
A well-preserved Medieval cast bronze signet ring, featuring a D-shaped hoop, and a flat, oval bezel engraved with a rhombus pattern which encloses a flower design. The ring is covered by a thick olive-green patina. UK ring size P.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.