Lot 1777: Renaissance Gold 'Bamme Family' Signet Ring with Crystal Seal
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 16th-17th century AD. A D-section gold hoop supporting a discoid plaque with inset foiled rock crystal cloison, intaglio heraldic crest of a griffin's head emerging from a ducal crown with a key in the beak, probably for Bamme. See Oman, C.C. British Rings 800-1914, London, 1974, plate 46 for foiled crystal intaglios; Fairbairn, J. Farbairn's Crests of the Familes of Great Britain and Ireland, Edinburgh, 1860, plate 89 no.5. 7.94 grams, 21mm overall, 17.64mm internal diameter (approximate size British O, USA 7 1/4, Europe 15.48, Japan 14) (3/4"). Property of a Sussex gentleman; acquired before 1990. Many families used a griffin's head as their crest but examples associated with a ducal crown and holding a key are very rare. Fairbairn, vol. 2, p.33 offers the case of Bamme or Baum blazoned out of a ducal coronet, a griffin's head in beak a key p[ro]p[e]r. The Bamme family were established in Gillingham, Kent in the 15th century.
Condition Report: Fine condition.