BERK-6BD475: Post-medieval vervel: Hawking ring

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Unique ID: BERK-6BD475

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver Post-medieval hawking ring or vervel, that would have been attached to a hawk's jesses. The vervel is circular in plan with a D-shaped cross section having a flat outer surface and slightly convex inner surface. The inscription '+ OF EDMVNTON' is hand engraved around the outer circumference of the vervel. It is possible that the hawk had a second vervel on which was engraved the name of the owner. The style of the lettering suggests a 16th (Tudor period) or early 17th century AD date.


As the object was found before 1997 it falls under the common law of treasure trove; where evidence would have to point to the object having been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery. The object is most likely to be a casual loss, therefore does not constitute treasure.

Class: Ring
Inscription: + OF EDMVNTON

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T461


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1699

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 2.49 mm
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Weight: 0.7 g
Diameter: 9.78 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 1980 - Monday 31st December 1990

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2011.174
Treasure case number: 2011T461

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
To be known as: Bicester area

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Recreational usage

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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