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- Date: Seventeenth century
- Size: Finger size "Q"
Seventeenth century gold armorial ring. Probably German ca. 1660. The bezel is seal engraved with a round shield, surmounted by a plumed helmet. Size of bezel 15 x 13 mm. Finger size “Q” Weight 11.1 gr.
A seal ring was a simple but a trusted ancient and well used device, personal to the owner was used to authenticate documents, like marriage contracts, financial arrangements, wills and last testaments, and to “seal” a political agreement etc.” The purpose of the signet in the medieval period is made plain in Jean de Joinville’s account of the Seventh Crusade/1270/, when a Muslim leader sends an emissary to the French King, Louis IX: “..And the Old Man of the Mountain sent him his ring , which was of fine pure gold, inscribed with his name, emphasizing that it was with this ring that he sealed his alliance with the king, and henceforth they would act as one..”/From Diana Scarsbrick, Rings/
The late 15 th. cent. ushers in the use of heraldry, with more elaborate designs.