THIS IS MIND BLOWING CONSIDERING THE AGE OF THE RING AND ITS ASSOCIATIONS!!!
A 15th century ring believed to have been owned by Joan of Arc will go under the hammer in London.
The ring, thought to have been worn by the patron saint before her death and handed down through King Henry VII, is set to be auctioned in February.
The piece is said to have been given to the French heroine by her parents before she was burned at the stake by the British when she was just 19 years old in 1431.
She said it has the inscription ‘Jhesus Maria’ as well as three crosses, and was made from either gold or brass. She claimed it was on her hand when she touched St Catherine, who appeared before her in a vision.
Brett Hammond, chief executive of Timeline Auctions, which will be selling the lot: ‘In my mind there is little doubt it’s her ring.To be a ring from the fifteenth century that fits her description perfectly I think it’s too much of a coincidence.
‘It’s a really interesting ring, we are privileged to be able to sell it.’
She was captured by the Burgundian faction, which had allied with the English, before being handed over to the Britons.
She was found guilty of heresey, among other charges, before being burned at the stake. Joan was later found innocent and canonised.
The auction lot is being sold with an antique oak casket and documents supporting the authenticity of the ring.
The piece of history will go under the hammer in late February with an estimate of between £10,000 and 14,000, however it could sell for a lot more.
Thursday 25th February 2016 – Saturday 27th Feb 2016, Antiquities & Coin Catalogue Auction