Victorian 9kt "To The Brave Nothing Is Difficult" Pegasus Signet Ring
A signet ring can be represented with an intaglio, which is created by carving below the surface of a stone, or by a simple smooth seal. Its purpose would have been to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A wonderful signet ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in vibrant 9kt yellow gold, this piece has a large oval-shaped face displaying a carved intaglio. At the center is a wonderfully detailed Pegasus, which emerges from an ornate crown at the base. Carved above the winged creature is a draped banner featuring the phrase "FORTI NIHILE DIFFICILE," which translates in Italian to "To The Brave Nothing Is Difficult." The band graduates towards the back and has a simple, smoothly polished surface. Several marks are stamped inside the shank, including the gold purity marks "9" and ".375," the date letter "V," and what appears to be the English Assay Office mark. There is also a partial stamp that may have originally been the maker's initials. Due to age and wear, the specific initials, Assay mark and date year can not be identified with complete certainty, but they may possibly indicate Sheffield or Edinburgh origin, and a date year ranging between 1841 and 1863. A wonderful unisex ring, it has timeless appeal and would make a stylish everyday accessory!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6.25, but could be re-sized. The signet seal measures about 1/2" in size, and the gold band measures 3mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the signet design.