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LOT 0600

Estimate
GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,680 - 7,950
USD ($) 6,320 - 8,850

Opening Bid
£4,500 (EUR 5,110; USD 5,688) (+bp*) Add to Watch list

Post Medieval Gold Merchant's Signet Ring with Crossed Keys

16th century AD

A gold finger ring with discoid bezel, pelleted border around a heater shield with crossed keys motif, Lombardic script legend '+S. W. DVBLE CLE[F]. 23.07 grams, 25.10mm overall, 20.80mm internal diameter (approximate size British V, USA 10 3/4, Europe 23.77, Japan 23) (1"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a UK gentleman; acquired from a London gallery in the late 1980s; formerly from a private European collection, formed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Footnotes
Malcolm Jones, Sheffield University, Dept. English Language & Linguistics, Senior Lecturer 1994-2009 and advisor to the British Museum and Portable Antiquities Scheme, says: 'St. Peter’s crossed keys are sometimes termed the double cle(f) de Saint Pierre in French, making this the signet of a certain S.W. who uses the crossed keys as his personal device [perhaps trading at the sign of La Double Clef /The Crossed Keys?], but the device is also often used emblematically to signify the Papacy.'


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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
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Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

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10am : Lots 1 - 660

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