FINE AND RARE CRUSADER’S RING, 12TH CENTURY AD, SIZE 9 1/4
Exceptional quality, probably for a noble owner. Silvered bronze, with rounded face band, 3.7mm expanding to the stepped shoulders modeled in chevrons. Large raised circular bezel incised with the four point Star of Bethlehem in Medieval form, enclosing an elaborate Jerusalem cross, with a cross potent, i.e. with "crutches" at the beam ends ordinarily representing five crosses in one, commemorating the five wounds of Jesus. This example has double crutches reiterating the devotion of the owner. The cross is also known as the Crusader's cross, having been an element in the arms of Godfrey Bouillon which he wore during the First Crusade. Godfrey of Bouillon was a Frankish Knight of the First Crusade, known as Baron of the Holy Sepulcher and the Crusader King, ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem following its victorious siege in the First Crusade. Professionally refurbished with the pure silver overlay restored and gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.