Medieval Silver Signet Ring with Lion


A fine Medieval silver signet ring featuring a round section hoop with angular shoulders. The oval bezel displays the engraved figure of a lion, depicted in a highly stylised manner. The large feline is seen in profile, with its limbs extended in a running position, whilst its long tail is raised filling the field above the animal’s back.

Closest UK ring size: O 1/2.

Date: Circa 12th Century AD
Provenance: From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; from her collection formed early 1960s-1990s.
Condition: Fine condition. Minor chips to the hoop.


SKU: MG-364 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 6.93 g
Dimensions W 1.9 cm