NMGW-187C86: Medieval gilt ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-187C86

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Incomplete silver gilt decorative finger ring, bent outwards in the centre of the fragment. The hoop is of flattened D cross-section, within plain raised single band borders. The outer surface has a wide plain wavy band separating beaded panels, between the moulded edges of the hoop. The internal hoop diameter can be estimated at about 20mm; band width 7.9mm; band thickness 2.1mm; weight 3.42g. The ring, which has an unevenly tarnished/corroded surface, has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.

The form of the ring indicate that it dates to the fifteenth or early sixteenth century. A similar example with zig-zag rather than wavy banding was onboard the Mary Rose when lost in 1545 (81A2533; Redknap 2005, fig. 3.9). A silver ring with same design, though with rubies set in the diagonal bands, was found at York Minster in 1829 (also attributed to the sixteenth century; Dalton 1912, no. 1884). Similar beading is found on a silver ring from Llanover, Monmouthshire (04.12), dated to the early sixteenth century. A silver gilt ring with a single zig-zag groove juxtaposed by small decorative punches from Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, was dated to the early sixteenth century (TAR 2005/6, no. 435).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013W11


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 7.9 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 3.42 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th June 2015

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013W11

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Powys (Unitary Authority)
District: Powys (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Gladestry (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO2256
Four figure Latitude: 52.19669452
Four figure longitude: -3.14260051
1:25K map: SO2256
1:10K map: SO25NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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