Heraldry Online Blog

10 May 2014

Heraldic conundrum; Unidentified signet ring

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 18:18

Last week I received a request from Roy Aldington about helping identifying a signet ring that was found on land in Bruen Stapleford, Cheshire.  Dating the ring is also a challenge, Roy thinks it has a 16th or 17th century feel but a master engraver has suggested 13 century.  Whatever the date it is a beautiful artifact.

To get a better idea of the actual Arms, I have “flipped” the image so that it can be viewed properly.  I have also tweaked the contrast a bit to improve the view of the details. (Incidentally, the little purple blob in the dexter chief is thought to be sealing wax.)



My best guess at a blazon is;

Arms: [?] a saltire engrailed [?] in chief a cinquefoil* [?]

* Depending on how you squint it might also be a thistle or a rose

Crest: A hand grasping a saltire engrailed [?]


I have had no joy in finding any real clues to the owner’s identity.  However, I do not feel too bad about that because the Lyon Court, the Heraldry Society and the College of Arms seem to be in the same boat.

If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to join the search.






  1. I would think 17th – 18th C. I don’t believe the visored helm was around in 13rh C.

    Comment by Jon von Briesen — 15 July 2014 @ 21:01 | Reply

  2. Certainly not 13th century. I am pretty sure there was no mantling like that back then. To me the style is definitely 17th/18th century, possibly even Victorian.

    Comment by Chris Green — 16 October 2015 @ 11:56 | Reply

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