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Acquired in 1871 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
MET
credit
date_end
1600-12-31
date_start
1580-01-01
date_text
1580-1600 (made)
descriptive_line
Gold seal ring with Baker arms, England, 1580-1600
dimensions
Diameter: 2.8 cm estimated
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 58b
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
8732
label
British Galleries: PERSONAL SEALS
Coats of arms were used as a personal signature not just by the very powerful but by many members of the gentry, including women, and by holders of various offices. After about 1550 it became common for gentlemen to wear a signet ring with their family arms. The revolving seal ring was made for a member of the Throckmorton family and shows their Falcon crest. It also bears the coat of arms of the more powerful Carew family, because of the alliance through marriage of the two families. The large seal would have been used to authorise important documents. [27/03/2003]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:47:34.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:47:34.000Z
latitude
52.883289
location
British Galleries, room 58b, case 5
longitude
-1.97685
marks
Arms of Baker (possibly Devon) 'CB'
materials
materials_techniques
Gold, the shoulders chased with terms
museum_number
807-1871
museum_number_token
8071871
object_number
O77734
object_type
Seal ring
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
place
England
primary_image_id
2006AM6604
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
Object Type A seal ring was to used to apply the wearer's personal mark to the sealing wax on a document. The seal then denoted the legality of the document and the identification of the issuing authority or individual. Ownership & Use The practice of wearing a seal ring engraved with a heraldic crest became common in England in the 15th century. At first the ring was only engraved with the crest (the top part of a complete coat of arms). However, after the mid-16th century it became usual for a gentleman to wear a 'seal of arms' like this ring, which has a complete shield. The image of a gentleman wearing a signet ring appears in Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's life of the ancient Persian king Artaxerxes II. The translation appeared in 1579. In it, North describes the Spartan officer Clearchus drawing a 'seale of arms' from his finger, though he went on to say that the ring was engraved with a classical subject not a coat of arms. People There was a Christopher Baker at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, from1559 to 1564, but there is no known link between him and this ring.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
seal-ring-unknown
sys_updated
2014-08-14T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1600
year_start
1580