HESH-22C804: Silver fragment, 2009T759

Rights Holder: Lincolnshire County Council
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FINGER RING

Unique ID: HESH-22C804

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An irregular fragment from the bezel and shoulder of a gem set (intaglio) finger-ring; it is irregular in profile, broadly sub-rectangular in plan and D shaped in cross section. The fragment has been distorted by movement in the soil; both breaks are relatively fresh, although one (across the hoop) is more worn. The break across the bevel of the ring reveals the cross section of the gem (lost) which has a flat base and slightly curved (or dished) sides. From what remains of the setting it is suggested that the shape of the gem or stone was oval in plan. The outer edges of the stone setting are feathered suggesting that the stone was held by a slight lip of silver; there is no evidence for other material, such as an organic adhesive, in the setting. The shoulder of the finger- ring stays at a constant width to the bezel, tapering towards the break slightly. The overall shape of the ring in plan (whether circular or D shaped) cannot be suggested due to the recent damage. The metal is a mid grey colour with a tarnished black patina consistent with silver artefacts. On the break across the bezel a white coloured powdery crystalline corrosion product (metallic salt) is present; this would suggest that the silver is alloyed with another metal, in this case possibly lead.

Notes:

Discussion and Dating:
The shape of the finger-ring fits with Henig Type II (after Johns, 1997: 34) which are dated from the 1st - 3rd Centuries AD. Rings of this type have the gem-stone set flush with the surface of the ring. The profile of the ring changes over time with the shoulder angle becoming more angular. Without the central stone, or the rest of the ring, it is difficult to derive a more focussed date.

Metal Content
I believe that the precious metal content (silver) of this artefact fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act in that it is greater than 10%.

References:
Johns C. 1997: The Snettisham Roman Jewellers Hoard. British Museum, London

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T759

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.8 mm
Width: 13.2 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm
Weight: 3.31 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T759

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: South Rauceby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0046
Four figure Latitude: 53.001992
Four figure longitude: -0.511296
1:25K map: TF0046
1:10K map: TF04NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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