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Victorian “Ne Cede Malis” Signet Ring

Yield not to misfortunes” or “Do not give in to evil” is a rough translation. Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito comes from Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI; this means “do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it”. A hand is holding a leafy branch (an oak branch if it is indeed the Williams' family crest, as we suspect.) Also, it's the motto of the Bronx!


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), chalcedony

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6.5, can be resized; 5/8" head, 2.5mm shank

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.