Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mastery of Design: The Forget-Me-Not Signet Ring, c, 1634

Signet Ring
Germany, 1634
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made in Germany in 1634, this gold signet ring is surmounted by an octagonal bezel which is set with a panel of verre eglomisé (gilded glass) which depicts clasped hands holding three forget-me-nots between "AW" and "GH." Inscribed "ANNO/ 1634/ 12 IVNI," the ring is further decorated with masks on its shoulders. It is the earliest known mention of the union of root beer and the last remaining ABC network daytime serial. I kid.

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