This is a rare Anglo Saxon silver finger ring, dating to the 8th - 9th century A. The ring is a complex piece of jewellery, formed from a rod of silver, hammered, drawn with the terminals tapered (to enable the ring to be resized). The bezel decorated with an elaborate pattern of granulation and wirework set out in a cruciform design. The fabric of the ring is brittle, clearly of the same alloy as used in the silver coinage of King Offa and Alfred the Great (which also displays the same'chippy' appearance and brittle edges).
The cruciform design on this ring is also similar to that found on the reverse of various silver pennies of both Kings. Similar Saxon finger rings in gold with granulation have been recorded ESS-FA05C2, SWYOR-3B5652, with another brittle silver example YORYM-CB6717.Thus this ring, in my opinion, dates to the period of Alfred the Great or Offa. 8th - 9th century A. 20.48mm x 23.05mm (bezel 21.96mm). Published in the Searcher 1987. This ring is unconditionally guaranteed to be an antique original and to date from the period described.
A certificate of authenticity will be supplied on request. The item "8th 9th century A. Anglo Saxon Silver Finger Ring Alfred the Great Cruciform" is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Viking". The seller is "wear-the-past" and is located in Bath. This item can be shipped worldwide. Private Collection, Hertfordshire