NMGW-4AF507: Post medival golden fingerring

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: NMGW-4AF507

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Decorative gold mourning ring. The outer surface is engraved with a fine trellis-style pattern, inlaid in dark blue-black enamel. In place of a bezel, there is a cartouche of white enamel.

The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text: Prepared bee to follow me in italic script. The lettering retains slight traces of dark blue-black enamel.

Internal hoop diameter 18mm; maximum band width 2.2mm; band thickness 1.2mm; weight 2.5g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.

Metal Content

Elemental analysis was undertaken by Mary Davis using a Bruker TRACER III-V Light Element Analyzer hand-held XRF, with a rhodium target, a voltage of 40kV and a beam current of 9.6μA. The readings were taken from a relatively dirt-free area of each blade, for 100 live seconds.

TA 10.16 gold ring 40kv 9.6kv yellow Concentration (AU2)
CuKa1 8.747048
AuLa1 81.34017
AgKa1 9.602129

The ring composition is therefore about 81% gold, 9% silver.

Conclusions


The style of the lettering and decoration, and form of the ring indicate that the ring is of late seventeenth- or eighteenth-century date. Similar letter forms occur on mid-seventeenth-century manuscripts (eg Henriette de Coligny, Le Triomphe de Amarillis [and other poems] (V&AM MS L1056-1950; Whalley 1980, 238), while similar letters 'e', 'u' , 'b' and 'd' are found on rings in the eighteenth century (eg Dame Joan Evans Collection, MoL 62.4/6; Murdoch 1991, no. 424). Rings with similar enamelled decoration have been found at Old Beaupre, Vale of Glamorgan (dated to the late 16th ot 17th century: Treasure Annual Report 2003, no. 420) and a site east of Colchester (with similar legend prepared be to follow me IK ob 4 1st 67 i.e. dated 1667: Treasure Annual Report 2004, no. 314).
Such rings can be difficult to date, but the decoration and sentiment in this case suggest a seventeenth rather than eighteenth-century date. The double ee spelling occurs on a memorial ring engraved Wee part to meete dated 1658 (Dalton 1912, no. 1459). Other inscriptions attributed to the seventeenth century include A deare frend gift (Dalton 1912, no. 1483), In death shees blest Since heavens her rest (ibid, no. 1484), and Not lost but gone before' (ibid, no. 1485). Eighteenth-century commemorative inscriptions include 'Not lost but gone' (Oman 1930, no. 855), 'Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here' (ibid, no. 851), and 'Not lost but gone before' (ibid, no. 866).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Inscription: Prepared bee to follow me

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010TW16

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 2.2 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 2.5 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Julia Koeppe
Identified by: Miss Wenke Domscheit

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010TW16

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Pennard (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS5689
Four figure Latitude: 51.58141118
Four figure longitude: -4.07968961
1:25K map: SS5689
1:10K map: SS58NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Updated: 3 years ago

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