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finger-ring / armillary sphere

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1759

  • Description

    Sphere-ring; gold; formed of an outer hoop in two parts, interior three hoops almost concealed when ring closed; exterior hoop chased with scrolls on ground once enamelled black, each part has on flat surfaces concealed when ring closed a section of enamelled inscription; three interior hoops plain flat bands engraved and enamelled in black with signs of the zodiac, stars and other figures.

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  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.08 inches
    • Weight: 180 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        VERBO DEI CELI FIRMATI SUNT 1555 DIXIT ET FACTA SUNT IPSE MANDAVIT ET CREATA SUNT [exterior hoop]
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
    An armillary ring inscribed with an English quatrain is mentioned in Notes and Queries, 3rd Series, vol. iv (1863) , p.156.'
    Handwritten notes in Dalton,
    This worte (?) myself to thee. I do resign
    Requite me then by saying thou art mine
    'c.f. F Madden, "Privy purse expenses of the Princess Mary" . p.200 ".... a Ring of golde wt. a Diall in it". Ring of similar form with inscribed verses in the possession of Col. Manley. Army & Navy Club.

    Although Dalton dated this ring as 17th century, he also wrote, 'The figures 1555, indicating the date, ...'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 1700 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 432 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1759

Sphere-ring; gold; formed of an outer hoop in two parts, interior three hoops almost concealed when ring closed; exterior hoop chased with scrolls on ground once enamelled black, each part has on flat surfaces concealed when ring closed a section of enamelled inscription; three interior hoops plain flat bands engraved and enamelled in black with signs of the zodiac, stars and other figures.

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