SWYOR-F5ABF6: Post Medieval finger ring

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A Post Medieval silver gilt finger ring dating from 1500 - 1700 AD. The band is rectangular in section and has split at one point. The outer face is decorated with beaded borders, each flanked by raised lines. The plain band in the centre is inscribed: " + DYE x TO x LIVE * " in seriffed capital letters. On the inside of the hoop is a maker's mark which is a recessed square containing letters in relief. These may be interpreted as an R back to back with a reversed R (ЯR) when read one way up, or a lombardic and ligated EF from another angle. The internal diameter is 18.2mm.

This is a memento mori ring in remembrance of death. The legend 'DYE · TO · LIVE · EVER' is noted on page 33 of Evans (1931). A similar inscription is found on a ring within the British Museum collections: '+ DYE TO LIVE' (AF. 971).

The ring is similar in style to SUR-126873 (2011 T293), GLO-19A336 (2007 T383), NMGW-9F38B2 (2007.16) and DOR-71A791 (2008 T407). These have been attributed a 16th - 17th century date.

For comparison see AF. 1747 in British Museum collections, a serjeants ring with a date of 1577.

The makers mark cannot be identified.

Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.


TVC Valuation 20/06/2012: £100

Sub class: posy
Inscription: + DYE x TO x LIVE *

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: 2011T613


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 8.66 mm
Thickness: 1.32 mm
Weight: 4.45 g
Diameter: 21.92 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th September 2010 - Monday 12th September 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1641
Treasure case number: 2011T613

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: North Somerset Museum

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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