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Victorian Heraldic Griffin Signet Ring


Signet derives from the Latin word “signum” translating to “sign” (as in signature). The oldest signet rings were carved with a distinctive emblem that was used as a signature on documents and letters. Until the invention of the mail system and the stamp, signet rings incised with a family crest, initials or other image were still used to form wax seals on correspondence. This Victorian signet ring is made in buttery 18k yellow gold and features a heraldic griffin (a crest aligned with so many families that it's hard to say for sure who it belongs to).


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked)

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; mark on the shank from a previous resizing

  • Size

    6.5, can be resized; 11.5mm head, 2.6mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.