WMID-BE0364: Post Medieval: Complete finger ring

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Unique ID: WMID-BE0364

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete gold finger ring, of Post Medieval dating (AD 1700 - AD 1800).

The finger ring is misshaped and no longer circular. It has a D shaped cross section. The exterior is plain. The edges have been bevelled. The interior bears the following inscription: A true frends gift. No maker's mark is present.

Due to being misshapen, the original diameter is hard to determine, but probably was around 16 mm.

Several versions of this inscription are recorded in Evans (1931), page 16, including one very similar but with an E on 'Gyft'. Posy-rings with similar inscriptions can also be found within the British Museum's collections (cf. 1961,1202.128; 1961,1202.126, both with 'A friends gift', and AF.1190, with the same inscription, though different spelling, 'A true friends gift').

Examples have also been recorded on the PAS database, including: WMID-AF96D7 (2013 T412), LANCUM-961357 (2003 T217), IOW-5EFAB8 (2004 T128) and PAS-3B5388 (2009 T371). The first three of these have upper case inscriptions indicative of a 16th - 17th century date whilst the latter, like this example, has a lower case script suggesting a later date.


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


The style of the script and the lack of a marker's mark mean that it is not possible to date this finger-ring to pre-1714. As such, this find cannot be said to be over 300 years old and thus falls outside the provisions of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

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

Inscription: A true frends gift

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T714


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.3 mm
Width: 3.3 mm
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 1.3 g
Diameter: 16 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th September 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: 2014T714

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: North Warwickshire (District)
To be known as: Middleton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found whilst out metal detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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Updated: 2 years ago

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