This is a large and impressive ancient Scandinavian Viking silver finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A. The ring is formed from three square rods of silver twisted together, the terminals hammered and welded (to enable the ring to be adjustable). This example is a good piece of Viking age jewelry, similar examples in gold are recorded as GLO-37A922, WAW-0C7587 and in silver KENT-4D4DB5. Rings of twisted type from the British Isles and Scandinavia are dated from the late Saxon/Viking periods into the early Middle Ages, from the late 9th century into the 12th, although more usually their rods are of circular section.
But rings of square-section rods (usually two) do also occur in the British Isles and may be of a local form, including a substantial example from Balmer (formerly Bormer), near Falmer, East Sussex, in the British Museum, while a broken example from the Bexhill area was reported as Treasure in 2003 Treasure Annual Report 2003, no. Graham-Campbell, 2011, The Cuerdale Hoard and related Viking-Age silver and gold from Britain and Ireland in the British Museum, London, British Museum Press, 107-109, pl. The ring is in excellent and excavated condition, intact and eminently wearable!
9th - 10th century A. 32mm x 30mm x 7mm. Formerly in a European private collection, Sweden. This item 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 "9th 10th century A. Ancient Scandinavian Viking silver finger ring size 12" is in sale since Friday, August 2, 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.