WMID-909766: Late Medieval to Post Medieval: Signet finger ring with bearded bust facing left

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WMID-909766

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy signet finger ring, of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (c. AD 1450 to c. AD 1650).

Approximately 50% of the finger ring is present, consisting of the bezel, shoulders and part of the hoop. The rest of the hoop is missing, presumed lost in antiquity.

The bezel is sub rectangular in plan. The device consists of male head, wearing a hat and long beard, facing left (possibly an Arab or a Saracen) within an oval cartouche. The shoulders are straight and taper straight into the hoop. The hoop is oval in section. The reverse of the finger ring is plain and undecorated.

The finger ring measures 24.60 mm in length, 10.27 mm wide and 2.58 mm thick. It weighs 3.3 g.

The finger ring is a dark green colour with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Many similar signet rings have been recorded on the PAS database, however none seem to have the same device as present on this finger ring. Most consist of crowned letters or bibical scenes such as the head of John the Baptist.

Class: signet

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.6 mm
Width: 10.27 mm
Thickness: 2.58 mm
Weight: 3.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2010 - Friday 31st December 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Lichfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1107
Four figure Latitude: 52.660611
Four figure longitude: -1.838804
1:25K map: SK1107
1:10K map: SK10NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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