WMID-5327BA: Post Medieval: Complete enamelled gold finger ring

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Unique ID: WMID-5327BA

Object type certainty: Certain
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Description: A complete but misshapen gold and enamel finger ring, of Post Medieval dating (16th to 17th Centuries AD).

The finger ring was originally circular in shape, but is now sub square, due to post depositional soil pressure deforming the band. It has a D shaped cross section. It has been decorated with a geometric grid pattern on the exterior containing significant remains of white enamel. Each square in the grid is approximately 1.0 mm wide. An inscription runs around the interior of the ring, reading: A FRENDS GYFT. No maker's mark is present.


Length: 19.4 mm

Width: 16.5 mm
Hoop width: 3.8 mm
Hoop thickness: 1.1 mm

Weight: 1.4 g

Discussion: A couple of finger rings with similar exterior designs have been recorded on the PAS database as KENT-B71606 (2012T367) and SOM-2655A7 (2011T729). Both are considered to be of Post Medieval dating (16th to 17th Centuries AD).

The interior inscription, "A FRENDS GYFT" has been noted on several similar finger rings recorded on the PAS database, including: LEIC-6E8502; WMID-AF96D7; PAS-3B5388; LANCUM-961357 and IOW-5EFAB8. All are considered to be older than 300 years old.

A finger-ring in the British Museum's collection (AF.1337) has similar external decoration and an internal upper-case inscription '* LOVE * IS * A * IOY *'. This finger-ring is dated to the 16th century.

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

Teresa Gilmore, Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midlands

Find of note status

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

Inscription: A FRENDS GYFT

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T250


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.4 mm
Width: 16.5 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 1.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th February 2015 - Sunday 15th February 2015

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: 2015T250

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Enamel
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: South Derbyshire (District)
To be known as: Swadlincote

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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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