WMID-4ECE42: Medieval to Post Medieval: Finger ring

Rights Holder: Birmingham Museums Trust
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Unique ID: WMID-4ECE42

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete gold possible finger ring, of probable Post Medieval to Modern dating (AD 1700 to AD 1900).

The possible finger ring is rectangular in section and would have originally been circular in plan. It is now sub oval in plan. The hoop has been decorated with eight circular pits (now full of soil), that may have originally held something. Each pit has a diameter of 1.5 mm. Multiple vertical filemarks are present on the interior surface of the ring.

The original diameter of the ring can not be determined due to it being misshapen. It now measures 21.42 mm in length, 17.43 mm wide. The hoop is 0.69 mm thick and 2.89 mm wide. It weighs 1.5 g.

The finger ring is a mid yellow colour, with a dull patina.

Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface undertaken at Birmingham Museums indicated a gold content of 79.29%, a silver content of 14.55% and a copper content of 6.16%.

As the rectangular section and sharp edges are unusual for a finger ring, it is possible that it is a fitting of uncertain function and dating. As it is undiagnostic in date and function, it can not be proved to be older than 300 years and therefore falls outside of the provisions of the Treasure Act 1996. It should be considered to be Not Treasure.

Class: fitting

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.42 mm
Width: 17.43 mm
Thickness: 0.69 mm
Weight: 1.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 27th January 2013 - Sunday 27th January 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Ms Judy Rudoe

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
To be known as: Handsacre

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting on a club dig
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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