Signet rings have been around since ancient civilization, worn as protective amulets, for betrothal or as an early form of branding and currency. But, primarily, they were used to seal deals (literally) and communicate rank. By the Victorian era, signet rings had become a staple of the well-dressed gentlemen, and part of the revivals of Renaissance and ancient jewelry. Signet rings remained a staple through the Deco and wartime eras, and maintained a high level of quality and elegance.
With reeded shoulders, this delightful example is hallmarked for Chester, 1907. Weighing 5.5g, with a Georgian revivalist shape (note the similarity to early 19th c silhouettes) this signet would be an ideal addition to any collection.
Materials and Features: 18k gold
Age/Origin: Georgian-inspired, c. 1907
Measurements: 5.5 grams
Marks: Inscribed "AR", hallmarked for "Chester, 1907"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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