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LOT 0579

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 8,990 - 11,230
USD ($) 10,080 - 12,600

Sold for: £8,750
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Medieval Gold St John the Evangelist Seal Ring

Mid 15th century AD

A heavy and large gold signet ring with the band flaring in three elongated petals to form a lotus blossom enclosing the bezel at the shoulders; the slightly oval bezel bearing an incuse and reversed eagle facing with head to left and wings spread; the bezel with incuse and reversed '+EGLEIOHIS' inscription meaning 'Eagle of John'. 19.75 grams, 22.96mm overall, 19.53mm internal diameter (approximate size British T, USA 9 1/2, Europe 21.26, Japan 20) (1"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size and of a very rare early type.

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; accompanied by an independent specialist report and valuation by graduate gemmologist and jewellery expert Anna Rogers, GIA GG, BA, Gem-A, ref. no. 0579/02/06/2020.
Literature
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings - The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Leeds, 1994, no.599, for the eagle device.
Footnotes
The inscription is an interesting mixture of English and Latin Middle English: 'EGLE' for 'eagle' and 'IOHIS' an abbreviated form of the Latin 'IOHANNIS' for 'of John'.