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FINGER RING

Unique ID: SF6500

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper-alloy mourning ring, with a pale turquoise facetted glass setting and enamelled decoration. The hoop is circular, 22 mm wide externally, and flares from 2 mm wide opposite the setting to 3 mm wide at the shoulders. The shoulders are decorated from about halfway around the hoop, with criss-cross grooves filled with black enamel. The grooves do not cross at right angles nor are they aligned with the axis of the hoop; instead they radiate slightly but elegantly from a point rather off the hoop, which gives an almost twisting effect when seen from the front. The bezel is oval, 10 x 11 mm, and set longitudinally to the hoop. On the reverse it too is decorated with grooves filled with black enamel. On most rings of this type the grooves on the reverse are transverse to the hoop or radiate from the centre of the bezel; on this one, however, they are oblique and not particularly well spaced, with what looks like an extra groove running across on both halves of the bezel. The glass setting is cut to a point which is now chipped (leading to the identification as glass rather than a hardstone). It has eight small radiating lozenge-shaped facets, with rings of tessellating triangular facets around. The setting looks mottled when viewed from above, but this is probably due to a background (of white cement?) being visible through the glass rather than any colour in the setting itself. There is no evidence for anything (e.g. wire initials or a picture) having been inserted underneath the setting. Mourning rings of this type, with enamelled shoulders, radiating or transverse black-enamelled grooves on the reverse of the bezel and settings cut into multiple small facets, can be dated fairly precisely to c. 1670-c. 1730 due to the engraved dates on some of them. There is a good reference collection of gold and silver examples in the British Museum, but this is an interesting addition to our knowledge; as it is of base metal, and not of the highest workmanship, it shows that use of these rings extended down the social scale.

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Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1670
Date to: AD 1730

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.5 mm
Width: 22 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 3.07 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st April 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Ms Judy Rudoe

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Glass

Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK BURY ST EDMUNDS

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Created: 18 years ago
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