This is a nice Frankish bronze signet ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. The round bezel is cut with a fleur-de-lys, set within a double border. The shank of the ring is plain, simply attached to the bezel. This type of ring was in use during the late Carolingian empire, used as a signet to seal and authenticate letters. During this period signet rings were seen as the only suitable ring, to be used and owned by men. The Fleur-de-lys symbol on this signet is an early variant, first adopted by Clovis on his conversion to Christianity in the early 6th century A.D. The ring is intact with a nice apple green patina
OBJECT: Signet Ring
CULTURE: Frankish / Carolingian
DATE: c. 9th - 10th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 8 (US) Q (UK)
SIZE: 19.92mm x 21.04mm x 2.60mm (bezel 16.48mm)
WEIGHT: 2.56 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Ex. D. Moreau collection, Metz. France
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