WMID-D4CD51: Medieval: Incomplete finger ring

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Unique ID: WMID-D4CD51

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

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

Around 50% of the finger ring is present, consisting of the bezel and part of the hoop. The rest of the hoop is missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The edges of the hoop look deliberately cut.

The finger ring has been made from two elements: the bezel and the hoop. The hoop has been soldered onto the reverse of the bezel. The bezel is a quatrefoil shape, with a four petalled flower as a motif. Each petal has been decorated with a series of thin diagonal lines, which meet at the centre of each petal. The hoop is rectangular or flat in cross section. Traces of gilding survive on the reverse of the hoop and within the grooves on each petal.

The bezel measures 10.0 mm in length, 9.1 mm tall and 0.6 mm thick. The hoop is 3.5 mm wide. Overall, the finger ring fragment measures 9.1 mm in length, 10.0 mm wide and 1.5 mm thick. It weighs 0.5 g.

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

A similar finger ring, albeit made from pewter as opposed to gilded silver, was recovered during the excavations of the London Foreshore (Pritchard, 2002, page 334, no 1632). This finger ring also had a lozenge style bezel, cast in one piece with hatched decoration. It was dated to London Ceramic Phase 7 (c. AD 1200 to AD 1230). A couple of similar finger rings have been recorded on the PAS database, including WAW-E958F8; IOW-0723C2; SWYOR-6D5244 and NLM-A97266. All are considered to be Medieval in dating (13th to 14th Centuries AD). Therefore it is reasonable to assume that this finger ring is of a similar date.

Therefore as the finger ring is older than 300 years old, and will have a precious metal content of greater than 10%, it should be considered as potential 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

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: 2015T14


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 9.1 mm
Width: 10 mm
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st November 2014 - Sunday 30th November 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: 2015T14
Museum accession number: STKMG 2016.LH.29

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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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