Lot 1695: Medieval Gilt Iconographic Ring with Crown of Heaven
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 15th century AD. A silver-gilt flat-section hoop with expanding shoulders, bezel with Crown of Heaven border enclosing a low-relief image of Mary with a winged angel; blackletter inscription to both shoulders with flanking fronds 'aue ari[a] / gratia ple[na]' (Hail Mary full of grace"). Cf. Oman, C.C. British Rings 800-1914, London, 1974 plate 70(D) for Crown of Heaven type. 5.01 grams, 23mm overall, 20.98mm internal diameter (approximate size British W 1/2, USA 11 1/4, Europe 25.66, Japan 24) (1"). Property of a Sussex gentleman; acquired before 1990.
Condition Report: Very fine condition, usage wear, some re-gilding. A large wearable size.