NMS-2DDFC8: Post-medieval finger ring

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Unique ID: NMS-2DDFC8

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Late medieval or early post-medieval gold posy ring. Very shallow D-sectioned band decorated externally with three rows of stamped square cells leaving a grid pattern in low relief. There is no trace of inlay surviving in the cells. Inscribed internally in roman capitals CONTINV x CONSTANT x. A small worn mark at the beginning of the inscription is probably another x. The ring is now bent out of shape and damaged in several places. Both the external decoration and internal inscription have several parallels including LON-DD00A6 and IOW-1C6D62.

Width of band 3mm. Now measuring 24 x 11mm. Weight 1.4g. 16th - 17th century.

The inscription features on several rings in the collection of the British Museum. One example (1961,1202.65) with a plain exterior band was found in the Fleet Ditch in the City of London in 1868 and donated to the British Museum in 1961 by Dame Joan Evans. It is inscribed 'x CONTINEW x CONSTANT x' and is dated to the 16th/17th centuries.


The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: Posy

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T196


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24 mm
Width: 3 mm
Weight: 1.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st February 2016 - Wednesday 10th February 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 17551
Other reference: AMD022016
Treasure case number: 2016T196

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Great Melton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG1406
Four figure Latitude: 52.60959888
Four figure longitude: 1.15923674
1:25K map: TG1406
1:10K map: TG10NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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