Lot 1692: Medieval Gold 'There Is Not One Who Can Compare' Ring Brooch
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th century AD. A D-section gold hoop with profile beast-heads flanking the hinge attachment and couch for the leaf-shaped pin with facing beast-head below the hinge; to the reverse, Middle English blackletter legend '+ther nys nut on that may parreie' (there is not one who can compare"). See Egan, G. & Pritchard, F. Dress Accessories 1150-1450, London, 2002 for similar. 4.15 grams, 24mm (1"). Property of a Surrey lady; acquired by her grandfather in the late 1970s as part of a small collection acquired from Cheshire. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The legend is in a Middle English dialect, expressing the sentiment that the wearer's beloved is 'without compare', a non-pareille. The form nys is a standard Middle English idiom for 'is not', and on a spelling for 'one'.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.