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"Ea Via"Bow and Arrow Signet Ringwith Concealed Key

$2,590

Since the days of Ancient Rome, rings have been adapted to be not just decorative objects, but also useful ones. Sometimes they are also lockets (to hold poison as well as mementos), or they are watches, or as in the case of this ring, they are also keys. This dual use is both very clever, and also just plain good common sense. Since the ring is worn on the hand, the key remains as close to the owner as is possible and is always conveniently available when needed. This incredible, and rare Victorian signet seal ring holds a key that discreetly tucks under the head of the ring. The key would have opened a small box used to hold jewelry, money, or other valuables. The face of the ring features a bow and arrow and a banner inscribed with the motto "Ea Via" which translates from Latin to something along the lines of "The Way" or "The Path".

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  • Materials

    10k yellow gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - minor scuffs commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    7, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 5/8" x 1/2" head, 2.4mm hoop

Victorian

Aboutthe

VictorianEra

18371901

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