Dating to c.1525-1575, this superb Tudor-era signet ring is a wonderfully-wearable survival!
Measuring 16 mm x 14 mm across the bezel, this fabulous signet ring hails from the era of Queen Elizabeth, and is one solid example of the jewelry of the upper-middle classes of Tudor England! This ring is wrought from bronze, and would originally have been fire-gilded with high-karat gold. This impressive signet is hand-engraved with the initials "I.C." joined by a true-lover's knot, with the deep stippling around the border which is typically found in signet rings of the 16th century. From the medieval era through to the early 18th-century, the letters "I" and "J" were both represented by the letter "I," so this ring may have belonged to a John or to an Issac! The true lover's knot also indicates that this was likely a gift from a lady to her lord - SO ROMANTIC!
Whatever the original owner's name, he was clearly a large fellow; this ring is a size 13 on my mandrel! Tudor-era signet rings were usually worn over gloves, and signet rings were also worn on the thumb during the 16th century, so this may account for its extra-large size. This ring was cast in one piece; the shank is sturdy, and measures 4 mm thick. It has survived the past 450+ years without breaks, repairs or losses, and it is sturdy enough to make it through another four and a half centuries! Today, this ring would make an impressive signet ring for a gentleman, or could be worn as a pendant on a gold chain by either a lady or a gentleman! This ring boasts a superb, untouched burial patina, and the impression is still crisp! It weighs in at 12.99 grams. Due to its great age, this ring cannot be re-sized.
Simply a fantastic example of a Tudor sentimental jewel, this historic ring will thrill any collector of early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my jewelry pre-dating 1700, I will also include a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra charge. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind piece of English history; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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