Ancient Roman & Medieval Archers' Rings
Ancient archers needed to protect their hands from the power of their own longbows during battle, and wore these rings on their bow-thumb, to protect it when drawing the bowstring. The bow was drawn by hooking the thumb around the string just under the arrow, and bracing it against the first finger. The ring would protect the thumb and the bowstring would zip right across it upon release.
These specimens were recovered from ancient battlefields in former Thrace/Macedonia, near the Black Sea.


Late Roman to Byzantine/Medieval, c. 6th-9th century AD. Large bronze archer's ring. Nicely incised details, imitating the visor of a Greek or Roman helmet. The front engraved with incised decorations, likely by its original owner. Nice olive-green patina with earthen deposits inside. L: 39 mm, About a US size 14. ex-Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2245: $225


Late Roman to Medieval, c. 5th-9th century AD. Nice and large silver ring in the form of an archer's ring. With a slight pointed tip on the end, this indicated where an archer would pull against the string on his bow. Likely was not used for this purpose, as silver is a softer and more precious metal than what would be normally used for this. Quite large... US size 12 1/2 to 13. #JR2178: $199 SOLD



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Late Roman / Byzantine bronze archer's ring, c. 4th-8th century AD. Size 14. Amazing piece with intricately-inscribed laurel-branch details. Great olive green patina with bright highlights that really show the detail. #Rn7227: $299
SOLD

Medieval bronze archer's ring, c. 9th-12th century AD. Gorgeous piece, with intricate incised details and designs. Formed in the shape of a visor from a helmet. Olive-green patina. Size 10 1/2 to 11. Thick band! #Rn4654: $299 SOLD


Byzantine / Medieval bronze archer's ring, 10th-12th century AD. Size 10 1/2. Formed in the shape of a visor from a helmet. Sharp incised details, great copper/silver coloration. #Rn293: $250 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-6th century AD. Lovely little bronze archer's ring, maybe even a ring imitating an archer's ring, perhaps worn by the wife of an archer? Unusually small for these, with nice bright bronze tone. Faint diagonal line detail still evident, mostly worn away from use! Size 5 1/2. #2236: $95 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-5th century AD. Nice large bronze archer's ring. Olive-green to golden brown patina. About a US size 13.25. #09019: $225
SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-6th century AD. Bronze archer's ring. Brassy-brown patina. Cut/crimped areas on both sides of the flange, possibly from battle damage (a blade across the thumb perhaps?) 28 mm long, ring about a US size 8. #78186: $199 SOLD

Late Roman to Byzantine/Medieval, c. 6th-9th century AD. Fantastic bronze archer's ring. Nicely incised details, imitating the visor of a Greek or Roman helmet. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. About a US size 14 1/2. #JR2053: $275 SOLD


Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-6th century AD. Large bronze archer's ring. Olive-green patina. Band broken in antiquity. Very thick and sturdy. About a US size 9. 35 mm (1 3/8") long. #A110211: $175 SOLD

Late Roman, c. 4th-7th century AD. Nice bronze archer's ring. Originally decorated with incised designs, mostly worn away from use. Great glossy deep green patina with earthen deposits. About a US size 8 1/2. #JR2051: $225 SOLD

Late Roman to Byzantine/Medieval, c. 6th-9th century AD. Incredible bronze archer's ring. Nicely incised intricate details, imitating the visor of a Greek or Roman helmet. Glossy black patina, US size 10 1/2. #JR2083: $325 SOLD

Late Roman to Byzantine/Medieval, c. 6th-9th century AD. Fantastic bronze archer's ring engraved with a cross. Nicely incised details, imitating the visor of a Greek or Roman helmet. The front engraved with a crude cross, likely by its original owner. Nice olive-green patina. Big and chunky, US size 13 1/2. #JR2085: $299 SOLD

Late Roman to Byzantine/Medieval, c. 6th-9th century AD. Fantastic bronze archer's ring engraved with a cross. Nicely incised details, imitating the visor of a Greek or Roman helmet. The front engraved with incised decorations, likely by its original owner. Nice olive-green patina with earthen deposits inside the band. About a US size 9. ex-Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2167: $299 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-5th century AD. Beautiful and very interesting bronze archer's ring. A simple band, with multiple knobs around the edge, worn down from use, used to catch the bow string in any position on the thumb. Large 30 mm (1 3/16") dia., US size 14 1/4. Olive-green patina. #JR2180: $199 SOLD