Ring, Crusader-era, Pilgrims, c. 10th-13th Cent.
Silver alloy, Ring size 8 1/2
Con/ sound and wearable; some inclusions that will soon disappear the longer this ring is worn :-)
Description/ Double Maltese cross with a "crown of thorns" motif in the center of each cross; star and crescent moon. Hammered and engraved from a thin strip of silver.
Seller's Note/ Such rings were mass produced in the Holy Land and sold as souvenirs at religious shrines and other sites to pilgrims and crusader knights as well. As our ring was found in the Balkans, the lucky knight or pilgrim returned safely home, and perhaps presented it to the girl he left behind. Very rare in this condition as most such type rings were fabricated from copper alloy rather than silver, such as ours.