NMS-0D2960: Medieval or post-medieval finger ring.

Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Unique ID: NMS-0D2960

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Medieval to post-medieval gold finger ring. The oval-sectioned band expands smoothly from the rear to shoulders which flair before narrowing sharply to join the bezel. The shoulders are engraved to leave a foliate design in low relief, perhaps originally reserved on an inlayed field, although no inlay survives. The bezel is in the form of a high quatrefoil collet with scalloped sides set with a pink or red table cut stone (perhaps a ruby).

For similar examples see Oman (1974, pl.26, a, b and pl.27, b for a broadly similar example with enamel).

Date: 16th century.

Dimensions: Height 19mm. Width 17mm. Internal measurements 12 x 14mm. Width at bezel 7mm. Weight 2.7g.


Other finger-rings of a similar date have been found in close proximity to 2014 T323 (2014 T324, 2014 T325 and 2014 T326). It is the curatorial opinion that these four finger-rings may have once formed a hoard which has since been dispersed.

The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T323


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 19 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 2.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 21st March 2014 - Friday 21st March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 59800
Other reference: SET042014
Treasure case number: 2014T323

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Kenninghall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM0685
Four figure Latitude: 52.42416607
Four figure longitude: 1.02826489
1:25K map: TM0685
1:10K map: TM08NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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