Please note that this was ring was submitted to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and was disclaimed by the Crown. Ref. 2011 T131
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The symbol of the tau cross was early esteemed as a sacred symbol and was considered to be a mark placed on the forehead as mentioned in the Bible, Ezekiel IX. It was thought to protect the wearer from various ailments. For further reading c.f. J.Evans, "Magical Jewels of the Middle Ages and Renaissance Particularly in England", Oxford, 1922, p. 134.