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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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Salma



Shakespeare's ring is my favourite item because it is very old. 

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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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Megan



I like the seal ring because it is old and it has a lovely pattern on it.

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Ayaan



Because it looks cool and it is history. This is what William Shakespeare wore and it tells me more about him. 

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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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Hazerah



I really like the design of the seal ring because these days if you wanted that design on your ring not many people do that and it would be really expensive.

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Osirus



The seal ring is my favourite because I like how when you press a replica into melted wax the seal comes out differently each time. And I liked doing the wax part.

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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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Luis

I like the seal ring because Shakespeare might actually have worn it which is amazing.

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Ayman

It's something Shakespeare used very often to sign official documents.

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Rosie



The ring is my favourite item because it's a seal as well as a ring and I also like the design with Shakespeare's initials on it.

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Megna



You can press the seal ring into molten wax and the wax doesn't stick to it and make it dirty.

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Muneeb

It is one of the things that Shakespeare left behind.

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Shaniqua



The seal ring is my favourite collections item because the WS initials are the opposite way round. But when you press the ring into soft wax the initials are the right way around.

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Shaun W.



This could have been Shakespeares' actual ring.

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Danyaal



It looks amazing and I think it would feel comfy to wear because the exact replica we used in the feely bags was very nice to wear. 

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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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Beth H.



The seal ring is my favourite item because it has so much intricate detail and design.

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Luke



The seal ring is fascinating because it's backwards when you look at it but when you stamp it down into melted wax it's the right way round.

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Jasmine



Shakespeare's ring is my favourite because because I dont think we have a ring that doubles as a wax seal and also goes over gloves anymore today.

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Chloe A.

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Mahammed Jamal



I liked the seal ring because it might have been Shakespeare's.

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Hrolf



I like the ring because it could be William Shakespeare's real seal ring. It was found near Holy Trinity Church. It is possible that Shakespeare wore his ring over his glove. He might have taken off his glove and lost the seal ring.

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Patricia



I like this because it might be Shakespeare's actual ring. He may actually have worn it. It was found near Holy Trinity Church. His daughter had her wedding there and he may have taken off his gloves and probably dropped it.

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Sufyaan

It's something Shakespeare used very often to sign official documents.

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Ellena



I like this item because it might be Shakespeare's real ring. It was found near Holy Trinity Church. His daughter got married there and when Shakespeare took his gloves off the ring might have slipped off. It is made out of gold.

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Violet



This is my favourite because it is amazing how it has got Shakespeare's initials on it and I believe that it is his ring.

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Linda

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Victoria



Shakespeare might have lost his ring when he went to Holy Trinity Church. It could have slipped off his glove. One day this ring was found and it might actually be his.

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Zachary



This is my favourite item because what I saw might actually have been on William Shakespeare's hand! Legend has it that he dropped his ring near Holy Trinity church near New Place. We know he did lose his ring because on his will he did not use his seal - he signed it off instead. The initials, WS, could be anyone's. Like 'Will Scott' or something like that. We need much more evidence than this to confirm that it is Shakespeare's ring. I love the mystery though!

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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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Ellie May



I like the seal ring because of the backwards writing, the detailed metal paterns and the extraordinary swirly writing.

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