Medieval silver fede bethrothal ring
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This is a wonderful medieval silver-fede betrothal ring, dating to the 14th - 15th century. The ring is designed to resemble a pair of clasped hands holding a heart.
Medieval lovers gave each other rings, and rings were used to mark betrothals and weddings, but among surviving rings, it is impossible today to distinguish these different uses. Such rings are generally called 'fede' (faith) rings. Rings showing clasped hands first appeared in Roman times when they represented a legal contract. Since the clasping of hands was part of the medieval betrothal ceremony, it is not surprising to find rings that can be attributed to the 'wedding ring' genre. Either way, it would be impossible to distinguish this ring as commemorative of love, betrothal or marriage. It is a fine example, robust and strong, ideal for daily wear!
OBJECT: Betrothal Fede Ring
DATE: c. 14th - 15th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 8 1/4 (US) Q 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 23mm x 22mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 3.2 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. Derby.