Medieval Bronze Signet Ring

$59.85

A well-preserved Medieval cast bronze signet ring featuring a round hoop, and a pronounced oval bezel engraved with a symmetrical geometric motif. The sides of the hoop are enriched with a carved teardrop shape and other small geometric motifs. The ring displays an olive-green patina across the surface.

Closest UK ring size V.

Date: Circa 12th-13th Century AD
Provenance: From the Brookie family collection, Preston, Lancanshire. Bought in the 1990's from the ADA London gallery.
Condition: Very fine condition.

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SKU: SA-13 Category: Tags: ,

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 representing 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 motifs engraved on the bezel providing further insight into the owner’s identity, such as their place in a family.

Weight 4.1 g
Dimensions W 2.1 cm
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Reference: For Similar: The British Museum, Item no. AF.315

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