ROMAN GOLD WEDDING RING 3rd CENTURY CLASPING HANDS ANCIENT JEWELRY ANTIQUE FLEET
Gold Roman Wedding Ring from 2nd-3rd century AD. A gold finger ring comprising a flat-section hoop, applied beaded wire collar with granules inside and out, mani in fede clasped hands motif to the centre. Cf. British Museum nos.GR1917.5-1.276 and PRB1911.10-26.1, and a similar ring from Thetford, Norfolk; Garside, A., Jewelry: Ancient to Modern, New York, 1980, p.152, no.426; Henig, A., Corpus of Roman England Gemstones from British Sites, British Archaeological Reports 8 (2nd ed.), 1978, pp.278-279, pl.XXII, nos.759, 775-778; Christie's, 8 December 1993, lot 23, (sold for £4,830.00), for an almost identical ring.3.90 grams, 19.34mm overall, 15.83mm internal diameter (approximate size British J, USA 4 3/4, Europe 8.63, Japan 8) (3/4").1
Property of a West Sussex lady; acquired circa 1976. The device of two clasped right hands (dextrarum iunctio) signified a contract of betrothal or marriage.