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LOT 0126

Estimate
GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 480 - 720
USD ($) 540 - 820

Opening Bid
£400 (EUR 478; USD 545) (+bp*)

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Roman Signet Ring with Gemstone

2nd century AD

A bronze ring with D-section hoop, expanding at the shoulders to an ellipsoidal bezel and set with an oval chalcedony gemstone engraved 'FILHTOU', 'of Filitos', over two lines in Greek. 8.99 grams, 26.24mm overall, 20.73mm 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
Ex London, UK, collection, 1990s.
Accompanied by an old cataloguing ticket.

Footnotes
The inscription identifies the original owner. It was worn to convey the wearer's wealth and social standing, but also served a practical purpose; signet rings were used as seals to authenticate legal documents or letters.