Dug Ring with Russian Cipher

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Barn Owl, May 22, 2020 at 3:36 PM.

  1. Barn Owl

    Barn Owl Well-Known Member

    I bought this old ring online from Latvia. I know that the field of metal detecting finds is rife with fakes and copies, but the quality and distinctiveness of the cipher seemed like a good sign to me, and it didn't have the green patina I associate with copies made to look old. I only paid $15 for it, so I don't mind if it was made in a workshop. I've been trying to figure out the cipher on it, to no luck. I have attached photos of it mirrored and have adjusted the contrast, as well as the original photos. I would love to get your thoughts on it:

    Original photos:
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    Mirrored/Adjusted photos:

    il_fullxfull.2300575196_dc1b (2).jpg il_fullxfull.2300575198_dkd3 (2).jpg
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  2. Miscstuff

    Miscstuff Sometimesgetsitright

    Surely that has to be a seal? Pressing it in some plasticene and take a photo should give a better image to work with.
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  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Good old Silly Putty will do the trick too. Or Play Doh, I'd imagine.
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