BH-E8E821: Medieval to post-Medieval finger ring

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Unique ID: BH-E8E821

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A copper-alloy signet finger ring, dating from the Late Medieval to early post-Medieval periods.

The ring is stirrup-shaped, the 'D-sectioned' hoop gradually expanding towards the shoulders and bezel. A Lombardic letter 'T' has been engraved into the flat surface of the bezel, with a horizontal palm frond above and a plain groove border surrounding.

Length (bezel to back of hoop): 25.5mm; width of hoop: 22.8mm; weight: 5.91g.

Similar stirrup-shaped signet rings bearing single letters were found in excavations in Salisbury, and were dated to the 15th century (Saunders and Saunders eds 1991: 42/fig. 12, cf. nos. 17 - 19). Two further rings, albeit of different shape, bore the same Lombardic 'T' as on this piece (ibid. nos. 21 and 22). These examples were dated from the 15th to 16th centuries. According to the authors, a study of seals in the Public Record Office has shown that the letter on the ring relates to the Christian name of the owner, with 'T' probably standing for 'Thomas' in most cases (ibid. 40).

Class: Signet

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.5 mm
Width: 22.8 mm
Weight: 5.91 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Harvey Cross
Secondary identifier: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 13/104 - 11

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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