William Wytlesey's ring Object: Ring Place of origin: Canterbury, United Kingdom (said to have been, worn) Date: ca. 1362-1374 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Gold, chased, engraved; sapphire, drilled Credit Line: Given by Dame Joan Evans
Gold ring, the ribbed hoop terminating in beaded shoulders supporting the cruciform bezel set with two emeralds in oblong settings, centred on a third emerald in a round setting flanked above and below by two rubies similarly set Late Roman, 4th century A.D., hoop perhaps later.
The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.