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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Malta (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree

  • Museum number:

    M.13-1912

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This ring was described as 18th-century Italian when it was given to the Museum in 1912.

    Filigree, or decorative wire work, had been a speciality of Italy since the Middle Ages. By the 19th century it had become a major industry, producing vast quantities of souvenirs for visitors as well as traditional jewellery and religious products for the local population.

    The gold mark on this ring does not seem to be Italian, and it may have been made in Malta, which had an equally strong filigree industry using the same kind of designs as in Italy. It was probably intended for a foreign buyer, as it is not typical of the kind worn with traditional costume in the region.

  • Physical description

    Gold filigree ring, consisting of a band of wires laid side by side, with a twisted wire next to each edge. The bezel is an open filigree rosette, slightly curved, attached to the front of the band, with a coil ring on each side on the shoulders. The rosette has a coil ring in the centre and is embellished with granules.

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 2.2 cm, Height: 1.7 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Gold filigree ring with a rosette bezel, Malta, 1880-1910.

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection