WMID-2EFC07: Medieval silver finger ring

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WMID-2EFC07

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Treasure Report

A medieval finger-ring of triangular section inscribed along the external surface of
its two facets.
Along one side it reads

2009 T241
Lullington, Derbyshire

+IESVS.NAZARANVS REX IVDIO
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)

and on the other

+IASPAR MELCIOR BALTASAR
(Jaspar, Melchior, Balthasar)

this last inscription signifying the names traditionally given to the Three Wise Men
who travelled from the East to witness the birth of Christ.
Both inscriptions were traditionally used on medieval finger-rings and brooches
for their magical powers.
The inscriptions are interrupted by a break in the ring, which is distorted, though
complete.

The finger-ring is silver and dates from the fourteenth century.

Dimensions: length 24 mm, width 19 mm.

Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10%
precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act
1996.

J P Robinson
Curator of Medieval Collections
15th December 2009

Notes:

Purchased by Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Museum acquisition number DBYMU 2010-194

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Inscription: +IESVS.NAZARANVS REX IVDIO / +IASPAR MELCIOR BALTASAR

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T241

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date from certainty: Certain
Date to: Circa AD 1400
Date to certainty: Certain

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24 mm
Width: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd May 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Duncan Slarke
Identified by: Mr Duncan Slarke

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2009 T241
Treasure case number: 2009T241

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: South Derbyshire (District)
To be known as: Lullington CP

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: Thursday 7th May 2009
Updated: Wednesday 8th August 2012 by Teresa Gilmore

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