WMID-8E567B: Medieval: Incomplete stirrup finger ring

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WMID-8E567B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete gilded silver stirrup finger ring, of Medieval dating (AD 1200 to AD 1400).

The finger ring has a flat hoop. The finger ring was originally adjustable, with the hoop split in two. One side of the hoop is complete with an rounded end, the other exhibits an old square break. The shoulders have been decorated with a two strand twisted rope or guilloche design, with a Z twist to it. with The hoop rises to a pointed bezel. The finger ring is set with a false stone, which was cast in one with the hoop. The false stone has a diameter of 3.5 mm and rises 2.6 mm above the bezel.

Due to its current shape, the original diameter of the finger ring can not be determined. It has a length of 31.3 mm and is 25.7 mm wide. It is 4.9 mm thick. The hoop is 1.7 mm thick. It weighs 3.2 g.

The finger ring is a dark grey colour with an uneven surface patina. Traces of gilding are present on all surfaces, in particular, the inside and between the ropes on the guilloche design.

XRF Analysis was carried out at Birmingham Museum Conservation lab using an M1 Mistral tabletop machine. The finger ring was tested in three places: one on a gilded part of the hoop, once on a non-gilded part and once on the bezel. The results are below:

Location Au Ag Cu Fe Pb Hg Br
Hoop - gilded 28.98 +/- 0.26 60.86 +/- 0.35 0.75 +/- 0.05 - 0.26 +/- 0.04 9.16 +/- 0.26 -
Hoop - non gilded 0.74 +/- 0.04 91.40 +/- 0.39 0.96 +/- 0.05 5.29 +/- 0.20 0.44 +/- 0.03 - 1.17 +/- 0.03
Bezel 0.91 +/- 0.04 94.49 +/- 0.39 1.35 +/- 0.05 1.81 +/- 0.13 0.54 +/- 0.03 - -

The XRF analysis has proved that the finger ring is substantially silver (91-94%). Gilding was present on the surface, which is confirmed by the presence of gold and mercury. It would have originally been entirely gilded.

Stirrup finger rings were popular in England for at least three hundred years, starting from the mid 12th Century AD. This style of finger ring were worn by both sexes (Pritchard, 1991, 326). Two stirrup rings, albeit made from pewter and bronze, as opposed to silver, were recovered from excavations in London (Pritchard, 1991, 326, no 1608-9) and have dated to London Ceramic phase 8 (c. AD 1230 to c. AD 1260).

Therefore the finger ring is older than 300 years and it has a precious metal content of greater than 10%, it should be considered to be Treasure under the requirements of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

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

Class: stirrup

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T789

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1230
Date to: Circa AD 1360

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.3 mm
Width: 25.7 mm
Thickness: 4.9 mm
Weight: 3.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th 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: 2014T789
Museum accession number: DBYMU 2017-34

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: South Derbyshire (District)
Parish or ward: Drakelow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK2417
Four figure Latitude: 52.75008891
Four figure longitude: -1.64587883
1:25K map: SK2417
1:10K map: SK21NW
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: Derby Museum and Art Gallery

References cited

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