An early 17th century gold signet ring

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Lot 281
An early 17th century gold signet ring

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 17,369) inc. premium

Jewellery

11 Oct 2017, 11:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

An early 17th century gold signet ring
Bearing a coat of arms, probably for the Throckmorton family, depicting a hawk, facing right, with beak open and tongue protruding, the wings outstretched with a hawking bell to each leg, all to a ropetwist border, hoop misshapen

Footnotes

  • This ring was found in Smallburgh, Norfolk, in March 2017. Under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1966 and due to its age and metal content of a minimum of 10% precious metal, the ring qualifies as Treasure and has been disclaimed by the Crown.

    The Throckmorton family came to East Anglia in the 15th century. During the early 17th century Bassingbourn Throckmorton (1564-1638) was an Alderman in Norwich and subsequently became Sheriff and Mayor of the city; it is probable that the ring belonged to him.

    A similar ring, bearing the Throckmorton coat of arms and dated after 1611, can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum (collection number 808-1871) and was owned by Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (approx. 1560-1643). Sir Nicholas Throckmorton's grandfather, Sir George Throckmorton, was related, through his wife, to Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife.

    Both Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Bassingbourn Throckmorton were the great-great-grandsons of Sir Thomas Throckmorton (1412-1472), the first to be born at the Throckmorton seat of Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

    Literature:
    Oman, C. British Rings, 800-1914, 1974, plate 45.
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