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SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring - Vintage 1944

A fine and impressive 18 carat yellow gold vintage signet ring; part our vintage jewellery and estate jewelry collections

SKU: A3061
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SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring - Vintage 1944
SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring - Vintage 1944


This fine and impressive vintage signet ring has been crafted in 18ct yellow gold.

The oval face of this armigerous signet ring is embellished with chased decorated seal matrix (intaglio) depicting a a dexter cubit arm in armour proper grasping a dagger with a broken blade proper hilted above the swagged (potentially shortened) family the motto 'Pugno'* - (I fight).

The flared ring shoulders blend seamlessly with the plain 18ct yellow gold ring shank.

The interior of the shank is fully hallmarked with the 18 ct mark (18), the London Assay Office hallmark (leopard's head), the gold guarantee mark (crown), maker's mark (PM) and date letter for 1944 (l).

NOTE *The complete family motto for Despard (D'Espard) is 'Pugno pugnas,pugnavi' - 'I fight, you fight, I have fought'.

Our limited research suggests this impressive vintage signet ring may well have belonged to Douglas Cornell Despard Jnr, 1921-1945, New York; descendant of John Despard of Killaghy Castle, County Tipparary, Eire.

Date: 1944


This signet ring is a very good gauge of gold and fine quality.

The ring is in excellent condition with a very sharp chased crest and motto.

The deeply struck hallmarks to the interior of the shank are clear.

There are minor surface scratches to the ring, in keeping with age. The ring can be professionally and brightly polished on request if so desired.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of vintage jewellery/jewelry.


Length of anterior face 1.43cm / 0.56"

Width of anterior face 1.20cm/0.47"

Height of setting 2.35mm / 0.09"


12.8 grams/0.41 troy ounces

Ring Size

UK Size P

USA Size 7 1/2

The ring size may be professionally adjusted on request to meet your personal requirements.


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