Author Topic: Understanding the history of my ring.  (Read 1043 times)

Offline Lars

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Understanding the history of my ring.
« on: December 12, 2021, 09:13:29 AM »
https://imgur.com/a/Y8bzL6L

I bought this ring for 50 from a Dutch seller who bought it at a 'archaeological-find-sell' (my best translate from Dutch) in Delft.
He claims its origins are:

Dug up in England

Made from Billion (alloy)

From the 1st to 4th century A.D.

Has a inprint of the god Mars

Do you guys think the statements above are legit? And could you tell me someting about this piece?


Offline gaius asinius

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Re: Understanding the history of my ring.
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2021, 03:45:21 PM »
Lars it may well be from England, contain some silver and feature a Greco-Roman god on the bezel - whatever. But it is certainly not Roman. The octagonal bezel of stepped design indicates a likely origin roughly between the 15th and 18th century. Hard to be certain from a photograph because this design remained in circulation for centuries in Europe. A number of stylistically similar examples are featured in the 'Ralph Harari Collection of Finger Rings" by John Boardman & Diana Scarisbrick. The greenish patina on the underside betrays a predominantly copper alloy. Classical gods/goddesses never went out of fashion, and continued to appear throughout the late medieval, Renaissance and "Neoclassical periods.

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Re: Understanding the history of my ring.
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2021, 04:06:15 PM »
Worthwhile to show images I think.

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Re: Understanding the history of my ring.
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2021, 07:44:54 AM »
Thanks for your reply!
I was mainly looking for an authentic ring (not faked this century :)
But 15th to 18th century, i'll take it!