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Unique ID: WMID-943344

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Description: Straightened silver finger-ring, very damaged. Between engraved parallel lines on the edge of the hoop is the inscription in Roman capitals LIV+IN+ [blank with what looks like an I with a cross bar on the middle left] OPE. Other side [formerly the inside of the hoop] left plain.


Width: 0.4 cm

Length: 5.6 cm

Discussion : It would seem that the inscription read LIVE IN HOPE before it was damaged. This is a common inscription on posy rings. Similar examples can be found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, : DEV-F43347 for a gold ring from Devon with the inscription +I+LIVE+IN+HOPE, and also for this inscription in capitals see LON-A15571 (Treasure Reference 2014 T91) a silver posy ring also has the upper-case inscription I LIVE IN HOPE and another gold example (NMS-E97505, Treasure reference 2013 T462) also has the same upper-case inscription. An example in the British Museum's collection (1961,1202.410) has the inscription I + LIVE + IN * HOPE * *. All of these examples are also dated to the 16th to 17th century.

Conclusion: Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Author: Dr Dora Thornton, British Museum

Inscription: LIV+IN+[ ]OPE

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T703


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56 mm
Width: 4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th July 2015 - Sunday 19th July 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Ms Dora Thornton

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2015T703

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Horncastle

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 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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