HAMP-0B7C35: Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval finger-ring

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Unique ID: HAMP-0B7C35

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A medieval finger ring set with three stones. The ring has a central oval shaped bezel set with a cabochon setting. An integral, rectangular ridge decorates either side of the bezel. The shoulders of the ring have plain bands and are also set either side of the central bezel with two smaller horizontal red stones, in oval settings. These are also decorated with rectangular ridges either side of the settings. The rest of the band is plain.

Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the metal of the finger ring, carried out by the British Museum's Scientific Research section, indicated a surface composition of approximately 96-98% gold, approximately 1% silver, the rest being copper. The central, colourless stone was identified by Raman spectroscopy as corundum (sapphire) and the two red cabochon stones are almandine garnets. The ring weighs 8.69 grams.

The setting of stones on the shoulders are unusual for medieval rings, however the oval shaped setting, flanked by raised rectangular ridges, can be found in ring of date, see for example WAW-797015 (2006 T395). John Cherry has noted a comparable ring with multiple stones on the bezel in the British Museum (1856,0701.20702) which is dated to the 13th century, see Ward, Cherry, Gere & Cartlidge, The Ring: From Ancient Antiquity to the Twentieth Century (1981), p. 66, no. 133.

The ring dates to the late 12th or early 13th century.

Dimensions: Height of central bezel: 12.7mm; width of central bezel: 10.3mm; Depth of central bezel: 5.6mm; Diameter of hoop: 22.6mm


In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Hampshire Cultural Trust - Winchester
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T866


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 8.69 g
Diameter: 22.6 mm

Discovery dates

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

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3721
Treasure case number: 2013T866

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Hursley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Hampshire Cultural Trust - Winchester
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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