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English Medieval - Gold Inscribed Ring with Sapphire

Antiquities - Medieval

LOT 595

GBP (£) 1,500 - 2,500
EUR (€) 1,790 - 2,990
USD ($) 1,920 - 3,200

Sold for (Inc. premium): £3,680


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.

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.

Cf. Oman, plate 14, 18, etc.

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

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