ESS-5D0577: 2011 T877 Post Medieval finger ring

Rights Holder: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
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Unique ID: ESS-5D0577

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure Case 2011 T877 Post Medieval gold finger ring

Date: 17th Century.

Description: Post-Medieval gold posy ring. Exterior decorated with band of foliage. Black enamel remains in place with a small trace of white enamel remains and possibly other colours. The inner band is inscribed, with black enamel remaining in most of the lettering. The inscription reads: If this then mee followed by the letter M

Discussion: The small size indicates that this was worn by a young woman. See British Museum collections for comparison to inscription ('+ IF THIS THEN ME I P', AF.1286, plain band posy ring dated 16th - 17th Century). This comparison suggests that the letter M indicates the giver of the ring.

Dimensions: Diameter: 14.22mm Band Width: 3.02mm Thickness: 1.11mm Weight: 1.4g

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.

Disposition: acquired by Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service.

Report by: Caroline Barton, The British Museum

Inscription: If this then mee M

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T877


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 3.02 mm
Thickness: 1.11 mm
Weight: 1.4 g
Diameter: 14.22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 9th November 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Ms Caroline Barton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Colchester OEF 6888
Treasure case number: 2011T877

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Maldon (District)
To be known as: Tolleshunt Knights Area

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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