WAW-0C237F: Medieval finger ring (plan and profile).

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WAW-0C237F

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

Description: A gold finger ring of medieval date. The ring is sub-circular in plan, with a slightly thickened portion forming the slightly pointed bezel. The bezel is set with a light blue glass or stone cabochon which is chipped. In plan the cabochon is oval and in profile it is convex. Across the bezel the section is rectangular with rounded corners. The interior edges of the bezel are slightly bevelled. The hoop is a sun D-shape in section. The surface of the finger ring is a deep yellow colour and there is a slight scratch on the hoop which is recent.

Dimensions:

Exterior Length: 21.22mm

Exterior Width: 19.68mm

Thickness: 2.55mm

Interior Length: 18.2mm

Interior Width: 17.84mm

Weight: 1.2g.

Discussion: This form of finger ring, known as a stirrup-shaped finger ring, was popular during the 13th century however the date range can stretch from c.1150-c.1500 (Egan and Pritchard, 2002:326). Other examples which have been treasure cases include 2005 T394, 2004 T209, 2004 T182, 2004 T376 and 2004 T304 and in particular 2004W1.

Egan, G. and Pritchard, F., 2002 Dress Accessories, c. 1150- c. 1450 Medieval finds from Excavations in London London: Boydell Press

Notes:

The ring was found long before the Treasure Act of 1996 came into effect. As it was found before 1997 this find will need to be assessed under the Treasure Trove Act; where evidence would have to point to the object having been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery. The finger-ring is most likely to be a casual loss, therefore does not constitute treasure Trove.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Treasure item found pre 1997, so undergoing Treasure Trove

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T144

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.22 mm
Width: 19.68 mm
Thickness: 2.55 mm
Weight: 1.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 1985 - Sunday 31st December 1989

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T144

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Stoulton (Civil Parish)

References cited

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