KENT-DE4593: A Medieval silver vervel hawking ring

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Unique ID: KENT-DE4593

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Flat annular silver ring, inscribed on one side in lower case italic: 'Allinghtie neve wie' and on the reverse 'In Kent'. Efforts to precisely decipher this phrase have failed, but it is worth mentioning that hawking vervels often are inscribed with the name of a person or family, and their location. Here, the word 'neve' could be a reference to a person from a family by the name of Neve or Le Neve, living in Kent.[1] It seems less likely that 'Allinghtie' is a reference to a person - it may possibly be an alternate rendition of the word 'Almighty' such as is found in a letter of 1582 from the English writer John Lyly (c.1553 - 1606) to Lord Burghley.[2]

The italic inscription points to a late 16th C-17th C dating and are of a type mentioned in contemporary English hawking treatises: see examples in the British Museum, P&E 1856,0827.109 and similar examples are reported through the Treasure Act: compare TAR 2005-6 no. 847 in which the owner can be identified. As such, the vervel is likely to date to the early 17th Century. Due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

[1] See for example 'Neve family history' [] Accessed 29/12/10

[2] Internet Archive. Full text of 'The complete works of John Lyly'. [] Accessed 29/12/10


The central hole has a diameter of 5.20mm.

David Williams has since suggested the reading of ".... Near Wye In Kent"

March 2015 - A further possible translation of "Hastingleigh near Wye" has been also been suggested.

Inscription: Allinghtie neve wie In Kent

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T12


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: AD 1550
Date to: AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.8 g
Diameter: 11.75 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Identified by: Ms Dora Thornton
Secondary identifier: Miss Jennifer Jackson

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T12

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: Wingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2455
Four figure Latitude: 51.250154
Four figure longitude: 1.20844
1:25K map: TR2455
1:10K map: TR25NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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