GLO-864248: Finger ring

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Unique ID: GLO-864248

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast gold puzzle posy ring. This is made from two interlocking rings, both have a rectangular cross-section, with a twist at the bottom where the two hoops would interconnect. On the inside edge of each band is an inscription which reads * WITH . HART . AND . HAND / I . MADE . THIS . BAND * the T and H of this are joined. On the top edge of both rings are soldered a hand with a cuff behind, one of the hands is missing but the cuff still remains. The hand has four outstretched fingers, with a protruding thumb to the side, there is a incised heart in the centre. The front of the cuff has a lace section represented by a panel of two lines of dots and an undulating rear edge, this is then followed by a crescent and pellet on the sleeve, before the arm then rapidly narrows into the hoop.

Lace cuffs as seen on this example where fashionable between the mid 16th century to late 17th century. The lettering style and spelling are found on pose rings of this period for instance 2003 T403 (DCMS, 2006, 129, 239) and 2004 T111 (DCMS, 2007, 136, 294).

Diameter 21mm, thickness (of one ring 1mm), weight 3.88g.

DCMS, 2006, Treasure Annual Report 2003, Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Property Unit

DCMS, 2007, Treasure Annual Report 2004, Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Property Unit

Metal content: The precious metal content fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act in that it is greater than 10%.


TVC Valuation 09/03/2012: £800

Published in Burnett (2013:197, fig. 10).

Inscription: WITH . HART . AND . HAND / I . MADE . THIS . BAND

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T257


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1550
Date to: AD 1675

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 3.88 g
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 17th February 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2011T257

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Backwell

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: North Somerset Museum
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Undisturbed grassland

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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