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Important Massive Medieval Norman Gold Ring

ROBERT DVX (Duke Robert) refers to Robert Curthose Duke of Normandy (fl. 1087–1106), the eldest son of William I, the Conqueror. The bezel consists of a large and elaborate openwork Cross Moline (sometimes called a recercelée). The back of the shank is inscribed in Roman serif capitals on the reverse, ROBERT, and on the edge, DVX. The large size of the squared stirrup shaped shank indicates the ring was to be worn over a glove.

12th Century

Intact, 30 mm (1 1/5");16.8 gm

U.S. ring size: 11 wt: 16.8g.


Found in Buriton, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 2006. Disclaimed under Treasure Act, ref. 2006 T626. With a positive technical analysis from John Twilley, Art Conservation Scientist, New York.

Exhibited: BRAFA Art Fair. (Brussels, 26 Jan- 2 Feb 2020) Published: Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVIII. (London, 2019) p.49 Hammond, B.; British Artefacts v. 3

Late Saxon, late Viking & Norman (Witham, 2013) p.59, item 1.7-f

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