SUSS-B72845: Medieval : Ring (profile)

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Unique ID: SUSS-B72845

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

Annular silver ring, flattened, engraved lines at both edges enclosing engraved lozenge ornament and lettering in Roman capitals. The surface is so abraded that the inscription cannot be interpreted with any certainty, thought it appears to read DF.TARGEN(?) Length 1.1 cm; weight: 1.34g. Vervels are small silver loops used in hawking to connect the leather jesses or thongs to the leash which ties the bird to its block. They are inscribed with the name, crest and/ and arms of the owner, and sometimes with their place of origin. The annular form and the style of the lettering suggest a 17th Century date; vervels of this form are illustrated in contemporary treatises on falconry. A similar vervel in the British Museum is inscribed of Rushbrooke in Suf[folk] (MLA 1856,8-27,109). See D.Gaimster and S.Margeson, "A post-medieval silver hawking vervel", Norfolk Archaeology, XL, part III, 1989, pp.324-5.

17th Century Vervels are occasionally reported through the Treasure Act, see for example: Annual Treasure Report 1999, no. 241 for an example of different form from Thwaite, Suffolk, and Treasure Annual Report 2003, no. 283 for another variant type from King's Somborne, Hampshire.


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.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Battle Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2006T60


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 5.9 mm
Thickness: 0.98 mm
Weight: 1.34 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 14th December 2005

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Secondary identifier: Ms Dora Thornton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2006 T60
Treasure case number: 2006T60

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Rother (District)
To be known as: Battle

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
Current location: Battle Museum
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: Thursday 9th February 2006
Updated: Monday 31st December 2012

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