NMS-0B9111: Post-medieval finger ring.

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Unique ID: NMS-0B9111

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A gold finger ring with a narrow D-sectioned band, now slightly distorted, which expands and thickens slightly before the bezel which is formed from four rectangular collects arranged around a central, slightly larger rectangular collet to form a cross. Three of the four outer collets retain table cut stones, the central collet a point cut stone, identified as diamonds. The rim of each of the four outer collets is defined by engraved lines with angled engraved lines between on one edge of one collet, forming a border. The edge of each face of the outer collets is further defined by an undecorated rib at each of the external angles. Four ribs, each with multiple transverse grooves, extend from the centre of the reverse of the bezel, and terminate in bird-like claws at the internal angles of the bezel, giving the impression the bezel is in the grasp of a bird of prey. The rest of the underside of the bezel, the sides of the collets, and half of the band externally is covered with engraved crosshatching. Where the crosshatching terminates externally on either side there is a engraved median line with one transverse line and one chevron, flanked by two shorter engraved lines. The same pattern is repeated internally on the band to either side of the crosshatching on the underside of the bezel. Traces of black enamel survive within the crosshatching and on the bird claw ribs.

Cf. a very similar example with triangular outer stones in the Victoria and Albert Museum (museum number M.20-1929, http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O71717/ring/). c. 1600 - 1650.

Width of bezel 9.5mm. Length of bezel 11.5mm. Height of ring 24mm. Width 20mm. Internal diameter 15 - 16mm. Weight 3.91g.

17th century.

Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of the hoop and bezel of a finger ring from near Banningham, Norfolk, indicated in both areas a gold content of 84-87%, silver content of 8-10%, the remainder being copper. The four remaining transparent stones were identified by Raman spectroscopy as diamond. Traces of black enamel can be observed in the hatched engraving on the hoop. The ring weighs 3.91 grams.


TVC Valuation 15/11/2012: £7000

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Declared Treasure but returned to Finder as Museum unable to acquire

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T929


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 24 mm
Width: 20 mm
Weight: 3.91 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th December 2011 - Sunday 4th December 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch
Secondary identifier: Dr Sue La Niece

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 56539
Treasure case number: 2011T929

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Near Banningham

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

References cited

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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