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LOT 0439

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,600 - 4,800
USD ($) 4,080 - 5,450

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £2,520

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £2,520

Tudor Period Gold Merchant's Signet Ring for 'FL'

16th century AD

A large gold ring, most probably of English workmanship, with circular band splaying out to raised acanthus ornamented shoulders and thence to an oval bezel with pelletted border bearing an incuse and reversed design of an entwined vine or knot with star below between the letters 'F L' all set on a shield background with scrolls to spandrels at sides and above. 12.48 grams, 27.59mm overall, 17.40mm internal diameter (approximate size British N 1/2, USA 6 3/4, Europe 14.35, Japan 13) (1"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

Provenance
A family heirloom acquired by the owner's father-in-law before 1950.
Ex Rogers collection, Suffolk, UK.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11081-182429.

Literature
Cf. Dalton, O. M., Franks Bequest Catalogue of the Finger Rings, British Museum, London, 1912, no.589, for similar bezel design and no.299 for similar shoulder ornament, both dated to 16th century AD; see also Oman, Charles, British Rings, 800-1914, London, 1974, pl.44, B and E, for similar bezel designs.

Footnotes
This signet ring would have been the property of a wealthy member of the merchant class and bears his initials; such rings provided their owner with both a signet to seal or counterseal documents and served to publicly broadcast show their wealth and status.