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Lot 10: Signet Ring "YN DEDE"

Jewelry Auction: Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic - MANY LOTS OFFERED AT NO RESERVE

by The Curator's Eye

November 30, 2016

Boston, MA, USA

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Description: 15th century(?)

This massive medieval ring has a heavy gold hoop widening at the shoulders to join a thick round bezel with intaglio device surrounded by a cabled border. Engraved in the center of the bezel is a round-faced lion, above which an inscription in Gothic lettering reads in reverse: YN DEDE, (in deed or indeed). This motto perhaps descends from one of the Knights Marchers, or Marcher Lords, who occupied the borderlands between Wales and England and who were granted special privileges and status. In the Middle Ages signet rings were designed with recognizable devices and heraldry to verify receipt, as identification, and as a sign of status. To withstand daily use, signets are often thick and heavy.

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Provenance: David Lavender, London, c. 2000; previously an old English collection.

Dimensions: Circumference 65 mm; US size 11, UK size V

Medium: Gold

Date: 1450

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