IOW-568773: Medieval Iconographic Finger-ring . Treasure case no. 2010 T297

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: IOW-568773

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

A Medieval silver-gilt iconographic finger-ring (c. 1400-c. 1500). Treasure case no. 2010 T297.
The ring has a two-faceted bezel, each engraved with the sacred heart and a quatrefoil motif below. Each heart has four small indentations. The shoulders are engraved with foliate scrolls. Below the shoulders, two prominent transverse ribs divide the shoulders from the lower part of the hoop. This lower part is decorated with four diagonal beaded bands.
This finger-ring is in good condition and some of the gilding has been lost, apparently, due to wear.
Maximum diameter of hoop: 23.0mm; width of bezel: 7.9mm; weight: 6.10g.
Similar rings, often depicting saints, are considered to be 15th century. The design on this ring is unusual.
The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1710. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Notes:

Calbourne, Isle of Wight: silver-gilt finger-ring (PAS: IOW-568773; Treasure: 2010 T297)

Date: Medieval (c. 1400-c. 1500).

Discovery: Found by Philip Lewis while metal-detecting in May 2010, and recorded by Frank Basford (Isle of Wight FLO).

Description: A silver-gilt iconographic finger-ring with a two-faceted bezel, each engraved with the sacred heart and a quatrefoil motif below. Each heart has four small indentations. The shoulders are engraved with foliate scrolls. Below the shoulders, two prominent transverse ribs divide the shoulders from the lower part of the hoop. This lower part is decorated with four diagonal beaded bands.
This finger-ring is in good condition and some of the gilding has been lost, apparently, due to wear.
Dimensions: maximum diameter of hoop: 23.0mm; width of bezel: 7.9mm; weight: 6.10g.

Discussion: Similar rings, often depicting saints, are considered to be 15th century. The design on this ring is unusual.

Metal content: The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1710. 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, May 2010.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Class: Iconographic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1400
Date to: Exactly AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 7.9 mm
Weight: 6.1 g
Diameter: 23 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 3rd May 2010

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Ms Beverley Nenk

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Treasure case no. 2010 T297

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Calbourne

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
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: IOW
Created: Saturday 8th May 2010
Updated: Monday 21st March 2011

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