Antique 14K Rose Gold Signet Ring Victorian Blank Plaque
Offering an antique 14K rose gold signet ring with ornate shoulders and a blank plaque just waiting to be engraved. The scroll work and florets on the shoulders are especially lovely. Oxidized recesses on the shoulders enhance the design. It is rarer to find a blank, older signet ring as these were popular for initials and family crest animals. Super comfortable to wear every day. Suitable for a man or woman. A true, antique treasure.
MATERIAL 14K rose gold
SIZE Ring sits between 7.5 and 7.75 on the mandrel and may best fit 7.25 to 7.5 due to the wider shoulders. Ring could be resized or engraved by an experienced jeweler. The oval plaque measures 14 mm by 11 mm so there is a good space for engraving. The shoulders taper from 10 mm down to 3 mm on the bottom shank. Weighs 4.8 grams.
MARKS Marked only with a triangle but tests as at least 14K gold, possibly a bit higher, with jeweler’s acid and a test stone. There is a rosy hue to the gold.
AGE Late Victorian period circa 1890s
SYMBOLISM or HISTORY Signet comes from the Latin word sigillum which means seal. Signet rings date back several centuries and were used to sign or seal important documents. A coat of arms, family crest, monograms or initials were engraved on the signet and when dipped in wax, it formed a seal signature of sorts. They became popular during the Victorian period more for adornment than official purposes.
CONDITION Warm patina on the gold. Soft scratches typical of age and wear on the blank plaque. The last 3 photos are taken outdoors in natural light. Excellent, antique condition.
NOTE Due to the value of this piece and our agreement with our 3rd party insurer, a signature is required at time of delivery.