Colonel Percy Fawcett's Signet Ring

In 1931 a Swiss traveller called Stephan Rattin travelled into Mato Grosso north-north-west of Cuyaba, along the Rio Arinos, where he claimed to have met an elderly white man with a long beard, being held captive by Indians near the Iguassu Ximary, a tributary of the Rio Sao Manoel. He said the man revealed himself as Colonel Fawcett.

They conversed in English when the old man opened the conversation by announcing that he was a colonel in the English army, and implored Rattin to inform a friend of his in Sao Paulo, called Paget, of his plight. A Major T. B. Paget had helped to finance Fawcett's last expedition.

Rattin said the old man showed him a signet ring, and when Mrs. Fawcett heard its description she said that it corresponds to a ring which her husband wore.

Rattin promised the old man he would do as he requested and go to Sao Paulo to deliver the message to Major Paget. At dawn the following day Rattin departed on a journey which was to take him five months. The Indians made no attempt to detain him.

Although Rattin's story aroused enough interest for another rescue party to be organized, according to the reports of Brian, second son of Fawcett, Stefan Rattin discouraged any attempts to organize an official rescue expedition, but instead set off himself to bring back the old man, saying “The English Colonel will reward me afterwards.”

Whether it was fame for rescuing the colonel Rattin was seeking, or the promise of a reward from Fawcett, though if it took the form of some unknown riches, it is difficult to imagine where the all but penniless colonel would produce them from. If the old man was Fawcett, had he made a discovery and had hinted as much to Rattin. Perhaps incentive for him, or someone, to form a rescue party to ensure his safe return? Had Rattin been told something he did not share with Paget or anyone else, and was why he was so against an official rescue party? Whatever the reason, Rattin received no reward of any kind as after he entered the jungle he was never heard of again.

However, although the colonel or Rattin never made it out of the jungle, it seems the signet ring did!

Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett was one of the bravest, most exciting and most interesting men ever to stamp his adventurous personality across the Amazonia. Tragically he never returned from his last hazardous quest into the jungle, however according to his vivacious granddaughter, his unmistakable gold signet ring did.

Fawcett's Granddaughter Rolette de Montet-Guerin

Fawcett's Granddaughter Rolette de Montet-Guerin

Somehow it made its way to England and is now in her safe keeping. She showed it to some journalists/researchers when they went to interview her about her famous grandfather. She gave them permission to take a photograph of the ring, which is shown below.

Rolette de Montet-Guerin wearing Fawcett's Gold Signet Ring

Rolette de Montet-Guerin wearing Fawcett's Gold Signet Ring

Percy Fawcett’s daughter, Joan, had unhesitatingly identified it as her father’s.
It does bear the Fawcett family motto, “Nec Aspira Terrent.” (Difficulties be Dammed.) This certainly sums up the Colonel’s attitude towards his jungle expeditions.
His family is adamant the colonel would not have parted with his ring except in extraordinary circumstances.

 

Related Links:

Original Newspaper Articles about Colonel Percy Fawcett, Jack Fawcett and Raleigh Rimmell, their Disappearance, Sightings and Rescue Attempts. (7 pages)

Documentary Special: Lost in the Amazon- the Enigma of Col. Percy Fawcett

The Death of Percy Fawcett

Original Colonel Percy Fawcett Documents

Last words from the legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett - includes expedition map

Very Large Maps of Colonel Fawcett's Amazon Jungle Expeditions

English translation of Manuscript 512

Colonel Fawcett's 1925 Expedition to search for the Lost City of Z

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