PAS-2BC222: Silver hawking vervel from Wellesbourne, Warwickshire

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Unique ID: PAS-2BC222

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver circular band, called a hawking ring or vervel, inscribed on both faces with the owner's name and address. The inscription refers to 'Sr Thomas Luci * // of Charlecote'. Contemporary records attest to three successive Sir Thomas Lucys, between 1551 and 1640.

Vervels are metal rings employed in falconry that were used to attached the jess (the leather strap around the bird's ankle) to the leash, which could then be held in the falconer's hand or secured to a perch or block.


In terms of both age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure according to the Treasure Act 1996.

This item is published on pages 66 and 67 in the catalogue of the 2012 British Museum exhibition 'Shakespeare: Staging the World' (2012), by Jonathan Bate and Dora Thornton (BM Press).

Inscription: Sr Thomas Luci * // of Charlecote

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Warwickshire Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2005T257


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 0.58 g
Diameter: 10 mm

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Ms Sara Wear

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2005T257

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
To be known as: Wellesbourne

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Agricultural or drainage work
Current location: Warwickshire Museum

References cited

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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