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Georgian Horse Racing - Silver Fob Seal c. 1770

*SOLD* This is an interesting and highly collectible Georgian silver fob seal, dating to c. 1770. The seal depicts equestrian subject, most likely an early representation of a jocky galloping to victory at the races. The lack of a hound running beside the horse, rules out a hunting scene. The horse depicted here is clearly racing across country at speed, with the addition of a small tree. You can really feel the power of the horse, its eyes bulging with the energy of the race, similar scenes are depicted contemporary Georgian art of the races (notably by George Stubbs and James Seymour). This seal bears a makers mark of WE (for William Ely) and a sterling silver standard mark of a lion, though has no date letter. William Ely worked in London and bore this mark in 1772. Similar shaped seals have been dated from 1730 - 1780, it is no later than 1780. --- OBJECT: Fob Seal --- CULTURE: British --- DATE: c. 1772 - 1773 AD --- MATERIAL: Silver --- SIZE: 24.2mm x 16.3mm x 14.1mm --- WEIGHT: 6 grams

Georgian Horse Racing - Silver Fob Seal c. 1770

Period: Georgian | Category: Country Antiques
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Medieval Inscribed Talismanic Silver Gilt Finger Ring

*SOLD* This is a very rare medieval silver gilt finger ring, dating to the 13th century AD. The ring has a shield shaped bezel engraved with the head of Jesus Christ giving blessing with his right hand. The band is cut with Lombardic script, inscribed with the angelic greeting +AVE X MARIA X GRACIA PLA (Hail Mary full of Grace) the first words spoken to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation. The ring is both set with niello enamel and gold gilded, originally giving a wonderful contrast in design. The ring has not been cleaned from excavation, the shank has a few stress lines and one cold bonded repair. As such it would not be suitable for wear in the present condition, this ring due to its rarity is suited for museum display. Inscribed finger rings are usually associated with healing and protection, mostly set with semi-precious gems. It is very unusual to find one with an iconographic bezel, especially at this date. --- OBJECT: Talismanic Finger Ring --- CULTURE: Medieval --- DATE: c. 13th century AD --- MATERIAL: Silver --- RING SIZE: 9 1/2 (US) S 3/4 (UK) --- SIZE: 21.8mm x 23.9mm (outer dia) x 22.2mm x 19.1mm (inner dia) x 3.5mm (wide) (bezel 9.3mm x 8.5mm) --- WEIGHT: 3.5g

Medieval Inscribed Talismanic Silver Gilt Finger Ring

Period: Medieval | Category: Antiquities
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Offered by: Ancient-Jewellery

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Rare Medieval Papal Bulla Seal of Pope Innocent IV c. 1243 - 1254 AD

*SOLD* This is a very good medieval Papal Bulla of Pope Innocent IV, issued at Rome between the years 1243 - 1254. Papal Bulls were issued at the Vatican to authenticate important documents and edicts sent out by the Pope to kings, bishops and important magnates. These documents were mainly kept in the extensive monastic libraries, as records of important events. This bulla would have once been attached to a vellum document, long since vanished into history. The seal is in very good condition, better than most I have sold which are usually worn or damaged. You can clearly see the name of the Pope, with St. Peter and St. Paul on the reverse. --- OBJECT: Papal Bulla (Seal) --- CULTURE: Medieval --- DATE: c. 1243 - 1254 AD --- MATERIAL: Lead --- SIZE: 37.6mm x 4.1mm --- WEIGHT: 42g

Rare Medieval Papal Bulla Seal of Pope Innocent IV c. 1243 - 1254 AD

Period: Medieval | Category: Ephemera
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Delightful Georgian Silver Fob Seal Initials W.M. c. 1760 - 1800 AD

*SOLD* This is a delightful Georgian silver fob seal, dating to the 18th century. The seal is beautifully hand engraved with ornate copperplate initials, of W.M. The seal has a simple minimalist handle, focusing on the practicality of design rather than the ornate and fancy handles which we often encounter. Such a seal would have originally been worn suspended from a silver watch chain, by a gentleman of taste, to seal his personal letters and correspondence. This seal is in perfect antique condition, still suitable to be used again today. --- OBJECT: Fob Seal --- CULTURE: Georgian --- DATE: c. 1760 - 1800 AD --- MATERIAL: Silver --- SIZE: 30mm x 21.5mm x 18mm --- WEIGHT: 9.5 grams

Delightful Georgian Silver Fob Seal Initials W.M. c. 1760 - 1800 AD

Period: Georgian | Category: Ephemera
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Medieval Lead Papal Bulla Pope Gregory X 1271 - 1276

*SOLD* This is a rare medieval Papal Bulla of Pope Gregory X, issued at Rome between the years 1271 - 1276. Papal Bulls were issued at the Vatican to authenticate important documents and edicts sent out by the Pope to kings, bishops and important magnates. These documents were mainly kept in the extensive monastic libraries, as records of important events. This bulla would have once been attached to a vellum document, long since vanished into history. The seal is in good excavated condition with bold sharp details of around GVF grade (if it were a coin). --- OBJECT: Papal Bulla (Seal) --- CULTURE: Medieval --- DATE: c. 1271 - 1276 AD --- MATERIAL: Lead --- SIZE: 38.3mm x 6.2mm --- WEIGHT: 31.9g

Medieval Lead Papal Bulla Pope Gregory X 1271 - 1276

Period: Medieval | Category: Ephemera
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Charles Howard Earl of Nottingham Original Renaissance Tudor Portrait Miniature

*SOLD* This is a fabulous early portrait miniature of a very distinguished nobleman, dating to the late 16th to early 17th century. The portrait is hand painted with oils on copper, it has the armour details picked out in gold leaf. The silver gilt frame is almost certainly the original, which easily dates to the late 16th or early 17th century. The miniature is in excellent condition, being kept behind the flat table cut crystal. The crystal has a small chip to the 11 O\'clock position, this is very minor in my opinion and in no way effects the painting beneath. The back of the frame bears traces of an old brooch mounting, likely added during the late 18th or early 19th century. --- The Nobleman portrayed here is wearing armour, very ornate and inlaid blued steel characteristic of Greenwich Armour. ---- From my research this portrait miniature depicts Charles Howard, 2nd Baron Howard of Effingham, Earl of Nottingham, Lord High Admiral and cousin to Queen Elizabeth Ist. Charles was born in 1536 and died in 1624, at a great age of 88. If we take twenty five years off him to around the age of 63, this places this portrait around the year 1599, still within the late phase of the Greenwich armour golden age. Charles would be still capable of wearing his armour, as a ceremonial suit and a distinguishing trate of his great pedigree and position. Research is still ongoing as to the painter, since the piece is unsigned (as is usual with oil on copper miniatures of this date). --- OBJECT: Portrait Miniature --- CULTURE: Tudor --- DATE: c. 1560 - 1620 --- MATERIAL: Silver gilt frame, oil on copper portrait --- SIZE: 48.5mm x 38.5mm (frame excluding ring) x 32.5mm x 27.5mm (copper miniature) x 5.6mm deep. --- WEIGHT: 13.6g

Charles Howard Earl of Nottingham Original Renaissance Tudor Portrait Miniature

Period: Renaissance | Category: Paintings & Drawings
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17th Century Silver Gilt Thimble

*SOLD* English silver gilt thimble with makers mark of a letter (B) without owners initials. Rare in silver gilt. C. 1660 AD.

17th Century Silver Gilt Thimble

Period: 17th Century | Category: Antiquities
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Extremely Rare Pair of Bronze Age Gold Basket Earrings c. 2400 - 2200 BC

*SOLD* This is a very rare pair of Chalcolithic gold earrings, belonging to the Copper Age c. 2400-2200 BC. Such objects are variously referred to as \'basket ornaments\' or \'basket earrings\', or \'hair rings\'. They are in any case personal ornaments, and have been found in pairs dating to the early Beaker period. This pair closely falls into Needham\'s Atlantic Group B (ii) (Needham 2011). They both have reeded decoration, skillfully produced by repousee work to the gold. Each piece has an elongated tang, formed from sheet gold that has been folded over to produce a stronger ear-wire. How such earrings were worn is not known, but the way the hoop curls over, they could be hooked over the top of the ear or even through an ear piercing. These gold earrings are exceptionally rare, worn as high status objects by a few very powerful people such as royalty or priests. --- OBJECT: Basket earrings --- CULTURE: Chalcolithic - Copper Age --- DATE: c. 2400 - 2200 BC --- MATERIAL: Gold --- SIZE: 15.6mm x 8.9mm x 12.1mm --- 15.3mm x 9.8mm x 14.2mm --- WEIGHT: 1.1g

Extremely Rare Pair of Bronze Age Gold Basket Earrings c. 2400 - 2200 BC

Period: BC | Category: Antiquities
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Bronze Age Gold Ring Money Adornment c. 1150 - 750 BC 7.2g

*SOLD* This is a rare Bronze Age gold ring money, dating to c. 1100 B.C. Before minted coinage, the Celtic peoples traded in bullion and other commodities. Ring money pieces such as this have been found throughout Britain and Ireland, likely used as a form of adornment or early jewellery. This example having a bronze core, has been encased in hammered gold sheet. It is possible this process was to make the object have the appearance of solid gold, though many excavated examples also appear to have been made the same way. Academics have debated the use of such items, as being a form of currency or items of jewellery (such as hair rings, or beard rings). A good example of a Bronze Age Ring Money adornment, that must have been once owned and worn by the druid or elite class of Bronze Age society. Further examples may be seen in the British Museum. --- OBJECT: Gold Ring Money --- CULTURE: Late Bronze Age --- DATE: c. 1150 - 750 B.C. --- MATERIAL: Gold & AE core --- SIZE: 19.8mm x 17.5mm dia 7.8mm wide --- WEIGHT: 7.2g

Bronze Age Gold Ring Money Adornment c. 1150 - 750 BC 7.2g

Period: BC | Category: Antiquities
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Late Bronze Age Pennanular Neck Torque c. 1350 - 750 BC

*SOLD* This is a rare Bronze Age neck torque (torc, neck ring), dating to the late Bronze Age c. 1100 - 800 BC. It was excavated along with other items of jewellery, belonging to the Urnfield Culture. This torque would have been worn by a slender lady, or an adolescent male. It is a wonderful example with a gorgeous ocean green patina. It is however, missing the tips of the spiral terminals, likely perished in the ground after thousands of years of burial. The rest of the torque is perfect with a strong twisted body, classic of late Bronze Age jewellery of the period. Such torques were worn by both men and women, in both in the late Bronze Age and Iron Age in Europe. They are a mark of cultural distinction between tribes and social rank, with silver and gold for the elite class (which we rarely find). This is another fine museum grade example, with a gorgeous patina and excavated deposits. --- OBJECT: Neck Torque --- CULTURE: Bronze Age - Urnfield Culture --- DATE: c. 1350 - 750 B.C. --- MATERIAL: Bronze --- SIZE: 128mm dia x 6.3mm thick --- WEIGHT: 42g

Late Bronze Age Pennanular Neck Torque c. 1350 - 750 BC

Period: BC | Category: Antiquities
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