LANCUM-CE9AE3: Medieval copper alloy rosary decade ring.

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This is a copper alloy finger-ring often called a decade ring or rosary ring, probably dating from the 16th or 17th century AD. The bezel of the ring is engraved with the letters IHS ( a Greek abbreviation for Jesus), a cross and three arrow shapes which represent the three nails in Jesus's hands and feet.The ring is decorated wth ten other knobs.

The decade ring takes its name from the fact that it has ten knobs to help in counting prayers, similar to (but more discreet than) a rosary. Rosaries were forbidden in England and Wales by a statute of 1571, but the act does not mention decade rings. They continued to be made until at least the 18th century for use by Roman Catholics. A similar ring with IHS, a cross and an arrow engraved on the bezel is on the PAS database at DUR-1B73E3 The diameter is 25mm, width 12mm and the weight is 10g.

Find of note status

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

Class: decade

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 10 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 9th May 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Noon
Identified by: Mr Stuart Noon

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: South Ribble (District)
To be known as: WALTON-LE-DALE

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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