A Roman hollow gold hardstone intaglio ring,
possibly 3rd century, with a flat hardstone tablet, intaglio engraved with the head of a bearded gentleman wearing a headdress. Roman set to tapered shoulders and a 'D' section shank. Head 19.50mm wide, 9.91g.
Finger size T-U approximately
Provenance: Iconastas, Piccadilly Arcade, St. James's, London, W1
Please note that the rings from the Iconastas collection have not been the subject of a metallurgy report, and as such cannot be substantiated in terms of period or purity.
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Sold for £1,400
Scratches and marks consistent with its age.
Shallow dents and bruises.
Minor marks to the tablet.
Tested as approximately 20ct gold.
The gold tests as approximately 20-22ct, which is the same fineness as other Roman gold rings we have tested.
The ‘D’ section shank is more modern in appearance, although again I have seen other examples of this profile.
The mount is hand made with an outer sheet of gold, beaten into shape, then linked with the interior section.
The ring has been sized down in the past, with a visible solder join on the inside of the shank.
Under 10x magnification there are some fine file marks on the setting edge around the intaglio. This could be from a repair – re-set of the stone, as any marks like this would have worn smooth over the years.
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