It is most definately...Looks like a wax seal ring
RC... as usual you go "above and beyond" a simple response.... which is great... And... you are correct on the common knowledge of the TEYE BA.It looks to me to either be “very old” or just “old and crudely home-made”. I’m not seeing anything to suggest a pirate connection, nor any resemblance to the pirate ring recovered from the Whydah, beyond it being octagonal (which was rather common for signet and seal rings) and having some letters on it.
Three things struck me.
The symbol below the letters looks like it could be intended to be the wings of a dove; the sprays below potentially meant to be olive branches; and the ‘I’ in the letter group appears to be deliberately smaller than the ‘P’ and the ‘E’.
I would speculate that the whole might be a Christian expression for peace in the world, with perhaps the letters standing for PAX in ÆTERNUM (anglicised as PAX in ETERNUM) or something similar. I have nothing to support that speculation though, apart from modern signet ring examples with a similar kind of sentiment.
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[PS: it hasn’t been established what the letters ‘TEYE BA’ on the pirate ring from the Whydah actually mean. The ring itself appears to be European in origin, with its original inscription or engraving erased and replaced with those letters. There has been speculation that they’re an abbreviation for a Welsh “good luck” wish or that the ring belonged to a Royal Navy sailor-turned-pirate with the name “Teye”. Another theory is that they come from an African dialect (around a third of Whydah’s motley crew was from Africa) and specifically from the ‘Wolof’ dialect. The Wolof translation of the Bible includes the phrase “teye ba” twice, and in both cases from the Apostle Paul saying “I am coming to you”. It could be a sentimental promise by a pirate to return to his homeland/family; or could be interpreted as a dark joke in the sense of “I’m coming to get you”. Alternatively, Teye was both an Afro-Egyptian Queen/deity and a common name in what is now Senegal on the west coast of Africa.]
I am trying to find out what it was... my recollection has eluded me on where / what.No, I'm not familiar... please share.
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