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This gold ring dating from the reign of Elizabeth I, and with possible links to the victory over the Spanish Armada, will go under the hammer at TimeLine estimated at £50,000-70,000.

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A gold ring dating from the reign of Elizabeth I, and with possible links to the victory over the Spanish Armada, will go under the hammer at TimeLine Auctions in London on September 5-6 (and 7-9 in Harwich).

The principal bezel bears a profile cameo portrait of Elizabeth set with a cabochon ruby, while the back bezel is inset with an oval cameo carved in ancient bone depicting a ship with a high sterncastle, three masts and gunports.

It is thought the ring may have been commissioned by Elizabeth herself as a gift to a naval officer of high rank who sailed against the Armada in 1588.

The ring has been consigned by an Elizabethan coin and artefact collector and was acquired in London before 1996.

Estimate £50,000-70,000.

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