WMID-08EB65: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval: 'Fede' Finger ring bezel

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WMID-08EB65

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete silver fede finger ring, of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (c. AD 1400 to c. AD 1600).

Around 25% of the finger ring is present, consisting only of the bezel. The hoop is missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The bezel consists of two clasped hands with a crown above. The crown has two circular perforations which separate the separate elements. The breaks are just beyond the wrists on both sides however these are quite uneven so it seems unlikely that they were intentionally cut.

It measures 11.2 mm in length, 11.2 mm wide and 1.4 mm thick. It weighs 0.7 g. Non-destructive XRF analysis on it has indicated that it has an elemental composition of: Gold (Au) 21.66% , Silver (Ag) 66.71%, Copper (Cu) 2.10% , Lead (Pb) 0.82%, Mercury (Hg) 7.98%.

The bezel is a mid to dark grey colour, with an even surface patina.

Several similar 'fede' finger rings have been recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme, including: DUR-D90666; DENO-CB6D27; NARC-40BE96; WMID-479A04; WILT-BAB214; DUR-A1C2E2; DUR-9E5712; IOW-3AC9C1; IOW-D454D8. All are considered to be Late Medieval to early Post Medieval in dating (c. AD 1400 to AD 1600).

Fede (Italian meaning 'faith') rings were a popular love token from 12th century and remained so well into 19th century. The hands joined symbolised the love and faith between two people and often you find sitting between the hands a heart.

Notes:

As the finger ring bezel has a precious metal content of 10% or higher, and it is older than 300 years, it fulfills the requirement of the Treasure Act 1996 and should be reported as potential treasure.

Find of note status

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

Class: fede

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 11.2 mm
Width: 11.2 mm
Thickness: 1.4 mm
Weight: 0.7 g

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wyre Forest (District)
To be known as: Kidderminster

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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