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Gold Seal Ring

It is thought that this ring, which would have been used to authenticate documents by creating an initialled seal, may have belonged to William Shakespeare. It was found near the churchyard of Stratford-upon-Avon's Holy Trinity Church in 1810 and it is conjectured that he may have lost it prior to amending his will in 1616. In Shakespeare's will, the phrase 'whereof I have hereunto put my Seale' was altered by the substitution of the word 'hand' for 'Seale'. It has been suggested that Shakespeare may have lost his ring after the wedding of his daughter Judith at the church in 1616. The style of the ring is consistent with its supposed date of origin and there were very few other people living in Stratford-upon-Avon at this time with the initials 'W.S.'.. The 1868 Catalogue describes this ring as:  'Shakespeare's gold signet ring, with the initials, W.S., a true lover's knot entwined between them'

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Megan



I liked the seal ring. It has the initials W.S. on top, meaning that it probably belonged to Shakespeare. If I, however, were to have a seal ring, it would have M.L. on top of it.

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Jackson



The initials on the ring are the wrong way round so on the seal they say WS

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Ciearn and Kayleigh

This ring was found near Holy Trinity church in Stratford. It’s a seal ring and the initials read WS which means it could have belonged to William Shakespeare. The letters are backwards so that when it was pressed into melted wax they would be the right way round.The ring was made of gold.

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Eduard



It is amazing to know that I am maybe seeing Shakespeare's ring.

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Jamie



This is my favourite item because it is real and precious.

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Alexander

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Alisha

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Helaenah



This is my favourite item because it is amazing to think that a ring that is 400 years old could be Shakespeare's.

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Jacob



I like it because it is a real thing that (probably) belonged to Shakespeare.

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Iram

I especially like the gold ring. William could have used it to sign his letters by pressing it into wax.

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Lybah

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Renay



It is a very clever and a very good way to see who your letter was from.

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Emily Rose



It is my favourite item because I think it is really old and precious

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Ibrahim



This is my favourite because we held a replica and the real one would have been Shakespeare's and he used it in his life.

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Aleena R

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Isa



The ring looks like it is the wrong way around but when you stamp it in the wax it then says WS instead of SW. The copper tree is a horthorn tree and it represents the tree on a windy day. 

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Reemal



William Shakespeare's ring seems very interesting because now we do not have rings to seal letters with. It is cool to watch the seal once it has been made because of the texture. 

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George



This is my favourite collections item because it is believed it was the original William Shakespeare ring which was lost.

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Kara



This was my favourite item because I like stamps and rings and the colour red! (We used red wax with a replica ring)

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Chloe A.

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Isobel



I like the seal ring because it is one of the best things I have ever seen.

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Ben



I like the detail of the design.

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Ashleigh



I like the ring because people think it is Shakespeare's real ring. And I loved how precious it is.

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