Jan & John Maggs Antiques

English medieval silver ring

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This is a very special English silver ring with a ball top, which dates from 12th-14th century, late medieval period.

It has a six-pointed star engraved at one shoulder  at the ball top, and a cross on the opposite shoulder.

The decoration continues on the shank with bar/scribe lines, and is fainter at the center back, where the shank is a little wider, a pair of clasped hands was engraved in a fede design, the fingers and a thumb are still visible, suggesting that it may have been a betrothal ring.

In the medieval period, as today, lovers exchanged rings, often to mark a betrothal or a wedding. Such rings are generally called 'fede' (faith) rings.

When clasped hands on rings first appear in the Roman period, however, they designated a legal contract.

This ring has a wonderful feel when worn; it is a size 10-1/2.








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Price: $395

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Inventory #24571

 Free domestic shipping is available on this item

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