- Museum number
Finger-ring; gold; the hoop broadens at each shoulder to represent the wings of a dragon, narrowing again to the neck and head, by which the bezel is
supported on each side; the bezel is a deep oval setting in which is a cabochon sapphire held by four claws.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.10 inches
Weight: 95 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
Obtained in exchange from the collection of M. Failly, Inspector of Customs at Lyons, in 1848. Said to have been found in 1829 in the tomb of Thierry, Bishop of Verdun in 1165 (T. Crofton Croker, Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient and Mediiaeval rings .... formed for Lady Londesborough, 1853, p.14).
This ring is no. 45 in the Londesborough Collection catalogue. Crofton Croker describes it as, 'Episcopal Ring. Gold, with Sapphire. The stone an irregular oval, with five capsular marks on the face. It is secured in the collet by four clamps. The shank is formed by two winged dragons. Workmanship, French, of the twelfth century.
This ring was procured , in exchange, at an estimated cost of £13, from the Collection of Mons. Failly, Inspector of Customs at Lyons, in September 1848. It was found, in 1829, in the tomb of Thierry, Bishop of Verdun in 1165.'
There is an illustration of the ring in the catalogue.
See Ward, Cherry et al, The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century, London 1981, for illustration and description.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2021 20 May- 22 Aug, London, BM, Room 35 – Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint
1998/2006 1 Oct-28 Feb, Tower of London, 'Medieval Palaces', LT Loan
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained in 1848; said to have been found in 1829 in the tomb of Thierry, Bishop of Verdun in 1165.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Londesborough Collection 45