SUR-A6A0F4: Post medieval: Silver-gilt Fede finger ring

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Unique ID: SUR-A6A0F4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver gilt finger ring of 'Fede' type. The ring is complete and its large diameter suggests it was for a male hand. The plain band is D-shaped in section and incorporates a pair of clasped hands. The separately-attached bezel is in the form of a quatrefoil which incorporates a heart against a field of crossing lines (both rather clumsily executed).

Fede type rings are well known and a number of complete and fragmentary examples have been recorded under the Treasure Act (eg 2007T49, which has a crowned heart motif; 2007T107; 2007T342; and 2010 T158). This item is more than 300 years old and composed of more than 10% precious metal. It therefore should be considered Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T123


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 10.09 mm
Weight: 2.73 g
Diameter: 25.54 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th January 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr David W Williams
Identified by: Mr David W Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: B12-81
Treasure case number: 2012T123

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Theale

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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