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Signet-ring; bronze gilt; wreathed hoop, pearled and ribbed; oval bezel engraved with crowned letter; cable border.
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Diameter: 1.08 inches (hoop)
Length: 0.56 inches (bezel)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.172.
This ring has a wreathed hoop, which is both pearled and ribbed. The oval bezel is engraved within a cabled border, with the letter 'R' that has a crown above. Although it has been suggested that rings with the letter 'R' on the bezel were worn by retainers of Richard III of England, similar rings have been found with different initials, and so it is more likely that such rings were used by individuals whose Christian names began with that letter. The recent discovery of documents sealed with such signets, belonging to individuals with the Christian names Robert and Roger, confirms this suggestion.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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