NMGW-172CA5: Post Medieval silver gilt ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-172CA5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver gilt posy-ring. The hoop is of flattened D cross-section. The outer surface is plain, and very worn (having lost its original gilding). The gilding is well preserved inside the hoop. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text Keep faith ˖ tell death, in italic script.
Internal hoop diameter 19 mm; band width 5.5mm; band thickness 1.3mm; weight 3.45g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.

The form of the ring and style of lettering and wording of the inscription indicates that it dates to the seventeenth or early eighteenth century. There are similarities to a ring from the Hailsham area, East Sussex (TAR 2004, no. 318), dated to the seventeenth or early eighteenth century.
The distinctive letter K, italic letter f descending belong the line and letter with ascender looping to right can be found in early copy books, such as one signed by Stonestreet dated 1688 (Whalley 1980, 232). The poesy or motto has a parallel on a late sixteenth or seventeenth-century finger ring from Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, engraved ·KEPE·FAITHT·TIL·DEATH (TAR 2003, no. 421). The motto is a variant on Till death noe change (Dalton 1912, no. 1304), till following by skull image (Dalton 1012, no. 1329) On the basis of letter forms, ring form and spellings, the ring probably dates to the second half of the seventeenth century, although a slightly later date is possible if one takes longevity of script style into account.

Find of note status

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

Inscription: Keep faith ˖ tell death

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T09


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 5.5 mm
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 3.45 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Personal details

Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Redknap

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013T09

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Caerphilly (Unitary Authority)
District: Caerphilly (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Aber Valley (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1291
Four figure Latitude: 51.61092843
Four figure longitude: -3.27224899
1:25K map: ST1291
1:10K map: ST19SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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