WMID-D4D986: Post Medieval: Complete finger ring

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Unique ID: WMID-D4D986

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete gold finger ring, of probable Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1550 to AD 1700).

The finger ring has a flattened D shaped section and sub circular in plan. The exterior is plain. The edges have been bevelled. The interior bears the following inscription: .I . LIKE . MY . CHOYSE ... . No maker's mark is present. Small diagonal dashes are present between each word, with three diagonal dashes at the end.

Due to being mishappen, the original diameter is hard to determine, but probably was around 18 mm. The hoop is 5.1 mm wide and 0.9 mm thick. The ring currently has a length of 19.3 mm and is 18.1 mm wide. It weighs 2.9 g.

The finger ring is a dark yellow colour, with an even shiny surface patina.

Variations of this inscription are common and several are recorded in Evans (1931, p 54). The use of capital letters suggests a late 16th/early 17th Century date. The British Museum has an example of a posy ring with this inscription, in lower case, dated 17th-18th Century (1961,1202.30). For comparisons see Treasure Annual Report 2003, fig 257, Treasure number 2003 T138 for a silver-gilt example bearing the inscription I LIKe MY CHOIS. Also Treasure Annual Report 2004, fig 306, Treasure number 2004 T20 for a silver posy ring bearing the inscription I LIKE MY CHOYEC. Both of these comparisons are dated to late 16th or early 17th Century.

Several similar finger rings, with similar inscriptions have been recorded on the PAS database, including: SWYOR-859922; SUSS-D21D31; IOW-879D84 and IOW-379222.

Consequently, 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.

Evans, J. 1931 English Posies and posy rings. Oxford

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Inscription: I LIKE MY CHOYSE

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T681


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.3 mm
Width: 5.1 mm
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 2.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 31st August 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T681
Museum accession number: STKMG 2016. LH.23

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District)
To be known as: Blythe Bridge area

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 out metal detecting
Current location: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

References cited

No references cited so far.

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