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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The open shears engraved upon the bezel of this signet ring indicate that it belonged to a member of a tailor's guild. The tools of craftsmen were often engraved upon seal matrices and signet rings to indicate membership of the guild and thus to confer status upon the wearer.
A large group of similar rings from Germany and central Europe have been found, most of which are silver or bronze, and which bear the emblems of a number of different trades.

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Details

  • Title: Ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1475/1525
  • Location: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 2.6 cm, Height: 1.1 cm bezel
  • Provenance: Given by Dame Joan Evans
  • Medium: Silver, engraved

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