FINGER RING

Unique ID: IOW-8D4F41

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete, misshapen and slightly damaged post-Medieval gold mourning posy finger-ring of late 17th century date. Treasure case no. 2012 T539.
The hoop is D-shaped in cross-section and the outer face has an engraved human skull. Inside the hoop an inscription in lower case reads:

'Not dead but sleepeth'

The phrase is followed by the owner's initials in serifed capitals: 'KA' and a stamped maker's mark: 'R'.

The maker's mark is very close to that on British Museum ring 1961,1202.421, where it is noted that the mark appears on the 1682 mark plate at Goldsmiths' Hall.

18.40mm (maximum diameter); 16.08mm (minimum diameter); 2.76mm (width of hoop); 0.55mm (thickness of hoop). Weight: 2.41g.

Notes:

Freshwater, Isle of Wight: gold mourning posy finger-ring (Treasure: 2012 T539; PAS: IOW-8D4F41)

Date: late 17th century.

Discovery: Found by Ray Stammers while metal-detecting in July 2012 and recorded by Frank Basford (Isle of Wight FLO).

Description: A complete, misshapen and slightly damaged post-Medieval gold mourning posy finger-ring.
The hoop is D-shaped in cross-section and the outer face has an engraved human skull. Inside the hoop an inscription in lower case reads:
'Not dead but sleepeth'
The phrase is followed by the owner's initials in serifed capitals: 'KA' and a stamped maker's mark: 'R'.

Dimensions: 18.40mm (maximum diameter); 16.08mm (minimum diameter); 2.76mm (width of hoop); 0.55mm (thickness of hoop). Weight: 2.41g.

Discussion: The maker's mark is very close to that on British Museum ring 1961,1202.421, where it is noted that the mark appears on the 1682 mark plate at Goldsmiths' Hall.

Metal content: The find contains a minimum of 10% gold and predates 1712. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Frank Basford, Finds Liaison Officer, Isle of Wight, August 2012.

Class: Mourning
Sub class: Posy
Inscription: 'Not dead but sleepeth'

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to finder, 08/10/2012
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T539

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1675
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Width: 2.76 mm
Thickness: 0.55 mm
Weight: 2.41 g
Diameter: 18.4 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd July 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Ms Judy Rudoe - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2012-5-92; Treasure case no. 2012 T539
Treasure case number: 2012T539

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of IOW-8D4F41 Post-Medieval Gold Mourning Posy Finger-ring. Treasure case no. 20120 T539

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East
County: Isle Of Wight
District: Isle Of Wight
To be known as: Freshwater

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Regularly improved[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Wednesday 1st August 2012
Updated: Monday 8th October 2012

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