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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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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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Aleena R

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