WMID-BD943E: Roman: Incomplete Guiraud type 3g finger ring with inscribed bezel

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Unique ID: WMID-BD943E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete silver finger ring of Roman date, probably 3rd Century AD.

Around 25% of the finger ring is present, consisting of part of the bezel, a shoulder and the start of the hoop.

The bezel was originally rectangular in shape, with a recessed border around the edge. The end part of the inscription is present, consisting of the letters 'MT'. This is probably the end of an dedication to either Mars or Mercury. The hoop was probably keeled. The shoulders have been decorated with seven grooved mouldings, creating a ridged effect.

The hoop is 13.8 mm wide and 3.1 mm thick. The finger ring fragment is 16.5 mm long, 13.8 mm wide and 3.1 mm thick. It weighs 2.8 g.

The finger ring is a light to mid grey colour, with an even surface patina.

The style of the finger ring is similar to that of a Guiraud type 3g (Guiraud, 1988, 187), with ridged shoulders. For a parallel for the inscription see RIB II, 3, no. 2422.22.

As such, it is older than 300 years and as it has a precious metal content of greater than 10%, it falls within the requirements of the Treasure Act 1996 and should be considered potential Treasure.

Find of note status

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

Inscription: [D?]MT

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: 2014T737


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.5 mm
Width: 13.8 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 2.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 18th September 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr Richard Hobbs

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 50 finds from Staffordshire
Treasure case number: 2014T737
Museum accession number: STKMG 2016. LH.24

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

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
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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