Medieval Bronze Signet Ring with Male Bust


A fine Medieval bronze signet ring featuring a round section hoop with decorated shoulders. The circular bezel displays the engraved bust of a male figure seen in profile. He is portrayed facing right with his hair kept under a headpiece and tied in a low ponytail. He extends one arm upwards, as he holds a long sword in front of him.

Closest UK ring size: M.

Date: Circa 12th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, green patination remains on the surface.


SKU: MG-225 Category: Tags: , ,

Signet rings occur in various ancient civilisations, 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.

Weight 3.62 g
Dimensions W 2.2 x H 2.3 cm