WMID-11E732: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval: Finger ring

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Unique ID: WMID-11E732

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete gold finger ring, probably dating to the 15th Century. The finger ring is circular in plan, and D shaped in section. The exterior of the band has been decorated with a black letter inscription of three words, separated by a three petalled leaf. The inscription reads 'tout mon + ceur' ('All my heart'). Keying marks are present behind the inscription and foliate spacers, suggesting that the finger ring may have previously been enamelled. No inscription or maker's mark is present on the interior surface. The finger ring is a mid-yellow colour.

It has an external diameter of 19.0 mm and an internal diameter of 15.8 mm. The band is 3.7 mm wide and 1.8 mm thick. It weighs 2.1 g.

A finger ring (BH-6A5C25) with a similar style inscription, although using different words has been recorded on the PAS database. Inscriptions of this style tend to be Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval in dating.


As it is older than 300 years, with a precious metal content of greater than 10%, it should be considered potential Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T678


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 3.7 mm
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 2.1 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st October 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Ms Beverley Nenk

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013T678
Museum accession number: STKMG 2014.LH.75

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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 searching with a metal detector
Current location: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 2 years ago

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