Hercules Intaglio ring. Gold ring, the oval bezel enclosing a sard intaglio figure of the Farnese Hercules, bearded, leaning with his left arm on his club which rests on a rock covered by the lion’s skin. He stands three quarters to the front, his head in profile. Signed in Greek letters MARXANT (Nathaniel Marchant, 1739-1816), 1780-1784. Formerly Esmerian Collection.
Gold filigree and beaded ring, the broad hoop supporting the square bezel set with an amethyst cameo bust of the Virgin Mary, veiled, hands raised in prayer, inscribed in Greek letters MR OY. (Mary Mother of God), facing front. The back is incised with a cross and the Greek letters IC XC (Jesus Christ) to each side of the upright. C. 1100.