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Vintage Coat of Arms Intaglio Ring

$2,000

A signet - from the Latin "signum" translating to "sign" - is a style of ring with a long history. Dating back as far as Ancient Egypt, signet rings of yore featured a family crest or distinctive emblem that was used as a seal on important documents and correspondence. The tradition of these rings continued into the more modern day in Great Britain and were used for their intended purpose (as an authoritative signature) well into the 19th century. Even as the days of sealing wax were left behind, the signet ring continued to be worn as signifier of identity, and later as a prestige piece and and a gentleman's ring. This signet ring dates to the 1920s or '30s. Fashioned in 10k gold, the carnelian intaglio coat of arms features a rooster atop a knight's helmet and shield emblazoned with a lion rampant. As far as we know, this coat of arms doesn't belong to a specific family, but it does seem to reference German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer's c. 1503 Coat of Arms with a Lion and a Cock - a piece that is believed to be an imaginary coat of arms that Durer created to show off his prodigious talent as an engraver.

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), carnelian

  • Age

    c. 1940

  • Condition

    Very good - unidentified hallmarks on exterior of shank

  • Size

    7, can be resized; 3/4" x 5/8" head, 3.3mm shank

Retro

Aboutthe

RetroEra

19351945

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.