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English Medieval - Gold Inscribed Ring with Sapphire

Antiquities - Medieval


LOT 595

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,500 - 2,500
EUR (€) 1,730 - 2,890
USD ($) 1,870 - 3,120

Sold for (Inc. premium): £3,680

ENGLISH MEDIEVAL - GOLD INSCRIBED RING WITH SAPPHIRE

Circa 13th century AD. A rare gold finger ring with triangular section hoop, its two upper faces divided into four sections by moulded saltire crosses; each section of the outer two faces alternately engraved with letters and symbols (?) or with incised cabling; the lettering obscure, reading S E [?] E? [?] W? A? I N T A; such enigmatic inscriptions were often of magical significance; the bezel in the form of a triangular cell containing a natural sapphire stone. 21mm diameter; 2.25 grams. Very fine.

Provenance
Found Lincolnshire, 2009. Disclaimed under Treasure Act, 1997 (reference 2009T17) and offered here with a copy of the confirmatory British Museum letter (dated 4th June 2009) and their report.

Literature
Cf. Oman, plate 14, 18, etc.

Date
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH

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Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH

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