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  • Description

    A gold signet-ring with an oval bezel depicting a ship, above which is a monogram. By the stern of the ship is a crescent moon. The bezel has a cabled border. Stamped on the reverse of the bezel with a goldsmith's mark.

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  • Date

    • 17thC(early)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.82 inches (hoop)
    • Length: 0.58 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 97 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        reverse of bezel.
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        Roman capital, in a circular punch.; mark not identifiable in any standard works of reference..
  • Curator's comments

    The crescent moon is a cadency mark and represents the second son in the family line.

    see also ring no.1961,1202.119 (Evans gift) for an identical mark.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 617 bibliographic details
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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Signet-ring; gold; engraved; oval bezel depicting ship; monogram; cabled border; goldsmith's mark on back of bezel.


Signet-ring; gold; engraved; oval bezel depicting ship; monogram; cabled border; goldsmith's mark on back of bezel.

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