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C1880 Murphy Family Irish Signet Ring

C1880 Murphy Family Irish Signet Ring

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900: Item # 1471163
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Authentic Murphy family crest ring, complete with the motto and crest, all artfully carved in bloodstone (bloodstone is a dark green variety of chalcedony with red specks). The Lion Rampant stands in profile at the top holding a wheat sheath between his paws, the crest sits below and the banner with Latin motto Fortis et hospitales adorns the bottom of the ring face. The wheat is representative of abundance and the lion of strength and bravery. Irish crests always include a shield and a motto in Latin or Irish. The motto on our ring reads "Fortis et hospitales" which translates to brave and hospitable. If your last name is Murphy, you need look no further! See Fairbairne's Book of Crests for more information. The ring is .6" tall and ½ " wide and US size 5. This ring is size-able up to a size 8. Since traditionally signet rings are worn on the little finger of the non-dominant hand anyway, we recommend sizing the ring to the pinky finger. The Murphy signet ring is modeled on the little finger on the last photo to give you an idea of the ring's scale.