Victorian Intaglio Seal Ring Masonic Hallmarked 1866

The mystery of the Masons reaches far back into history, centuries upon centuries. Their trade began with the stonemasons, who were taught a highly skilled trade that was greatly desired throughout the world. The creation of stone into geometric shapes was treasured knowledge. In England and Europe, they’re responsible for building castles and cathedrals. The Masons have a long and murky history. As time progressed, especially during Medieval times, another group emerged that encouraged secret handshakes, passwords, and gatherings, the so-called Speculative Freemasons. They’re known for their charity work, elaborate and sometimes unexplainable temples, and secrecy. The square and compass, as featured on this beautifully carved ring, are the tools of the builder’s trade. They became symbols of the modern day Masonic order. The modern Masonic Order is thought to have been founded in 1717, at a pub, in London, called The Goose and Gridiron. It was where the first official Speculative Free Masons pledged their allegiance.

This antique Victorian Masonic intaglio seal ring was handcrafted in England in 1866. It features a carved agate with the traditional Masonic square and compass motif, set in 18 karat gold with wonderfully scrolling shoulders. This ring is a size 12 and weighs 6.3 grams. The oval agate is red and white, measuring 14 x 11.5 x 2.6 mm. The ring face measures 15 x 13.6 x 3.5 mm. This piece has been fully hallmarked. It bears the crown mark for England, the gold purity mark, “18”, the anchor mark for Birmingham, the date letter, “R”, and the maker’s mark, “W.S.”

The symbolism on this ring, the miter square and compass, have been known to mean that one should remember to square his actions by the square of virtue, and to circumscribe his passions and desires.

We offer a 3 or 4 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.

Please note that our photographs are part of our description, please look carefully, we do not digitally alter our items. We always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase, and If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let us know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!

Item ID:RG1117253V



Related Items