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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with red glass pastes

  • Museum number:

    900-1872

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The model of the crucified Christ on the shoulders of this ring shows that it is a Christusring. The Christusring was one of the most popular devotional rings produced by the goldsmiths of Schwäbisch Gmünd. The design was probably introduced in the second half of the 18th century, but this type, with seven coloured pastes on the bezel, is typical of the first half of the 19th century. These rings were mainly made in Schwäbisch Gmünd, as the marks confirm, but they were sold and worn throughout southern Germany.

Physical description

Silver ring set with red pastes. The shank is flat and widens at the front to form the bezel. The bezel is set with a central pear-shaped paste surrounded by four smaller round pastes and two heart-shaped pastes set at right angles to the central paste and extending over the shoulders. The pear-shaped pastes are each supported at the far end by a figure of the crucified Christ on a rayed ground.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with red glass pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'12' in square frame.
Mark for 750 standard silver, Germany, before 1888.
On outside of shank, at back.

Unicorn’s head in oval frame.
Town mark for Schwäbisch Gmünd, before 1888.
On outside of shank, at back.

Dimensions

Height: 24.0 mm, Width: 23.3 mm, Depth: 13.3 mm

Descriptive line

Silver ring (Christusring) set with red pastes with a crucifix on each shoulder, south Germany, 1800-1850.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

For similar, see:
Röhrs, Ursula. 'Der Ring. 500 Jahre Schmuck, Magie, Handwerk und Design', Schwäbisch Gmüund, 2011, figs. 42-7
Chadour, Beatriz. 'Ringe. Die Alice und Louis Koch Sammlung', Leeds, 1994, fig. 1869

Materials

Silver; Paste

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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