Medieval Silver Signet Ring with Latin Text

$443.01

A well-preserved Medieval silver signet ring, with a thin band and rectangular bezel. The bezel is framed by a rounded square at each of the four corners. It is inscribed with Latin text in reverse, so that it would appear the correct way round when stamped in wax, reading ‘IVI VU’.

Closest UK ring size: Q.

Date: Circa 14th - 16th Century AD
Condition: Good condition. Some scratches and earthly encrustation to surface.

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SKU: BL-24 Category: Tag:

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 4.9 g
Dimensions L 2.0 x W 2.2 x H 0.7 cm
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