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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Signet Ring

1500-1550 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Gold signet ring with a long hexagonal bezel engraved with the arms of Lounsdon of Suffolk or Scot of Camberwell. The hoop is inscribed outside 'san la: anna. ora. pro. me' and 'HELP+ SANT+ ANNA. SELLEF+ OBVR'. On the inside 'CASPAR. MELCHIAR. BALTASAR.'.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Engraved gold
Brief description
Gold signet ring with a long hexagonal bezel engraved with the arms of Lounsdon of Suffolk or Scot of Camberwell, with inscriptions inside and outside the hoop, England, 1500-1550.
Physical description
Gold signet ring with a long hexagonal bezel engraved with the arms of Lounsdon of Suffolk or Scot of Camberwell. The hoop is inscribed outside 'san la: anna. ora. pro. me' and 'HELP+ SANT+ ANNA. SELLEF+ OBVR'. On the inside 'CASPAR. MELCHIAR. BALTASAR.'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Width: 2.1cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • The arms of Lounsdon of Suffolk or Scot of Camberwell. (Engraved on the bezel.)
  • 'san la: anna. ora. pro. me' (Inscribed outside the hoop.)
  • 'HELP+ SANT+ ANNA. SELLEF+ OBVR' (Inscribed outside the hoop.)
  • 'CASPAR. MELCHIAR. BALTASAR.' (Inscribed inside the hoop.)
Object history
ex Waterton Collection
Historical context
The names of the Magi, or the three Kings of Cologne, may be Mithraic in origin. Belief in their amuletic powers persisted after the passing of the Middle Ages.
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession number
702-1871

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Record createdFebruary 15, 2006
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