WMID-BF965D: Post Medieval: Signet, possible seal, ring

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Unique ID: WMID-BF965D

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An incomplete copper alloy signet finger ring, with possible seal matrix bezel, of the Early Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1550 to c. AD 1700.

The ring is missing the base of the hoop, which is presumed lost in antiquity.

The bezel is broadly oval in plan and D shaped in section. It has been decorated with a border of depressed pellets around the edge, inside this is an incised scroll work design, consisting of a trefoil at the top, a figure of eight loop in the centre and a trefoil at the base, the middle loop of this trefoil has a depressed pellet inside. The initials M H or H M have been inscribed either side of the figure of eight scroll work pattern in the centre of the bezel. The shoulders are straight and taper straight into the arms of the hoop, which have been broken. The shoulders are decorated with depressed pellets around the outside edge, below which are two evenly spaced incised lines, making a dual band, this shoulder decoration continues around the outside edge of the ring. The arms are broadly oval in section. The reverse of the bezel is concave, and is undecorated, as are the arms.

The finger ring measures 18.5 mm in length, 24.7 mm wide and 3.2 mm thick, at the bezel, the arms are 2.1 mm thick. It weighs 7.1 g.

The finger ring is a dark green in colour with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Many similar signet rings have been recorded on the PAS database, including HESH-187A6D and LANCUM-2180C7.

Class: signet
Inscription: M H or H M

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.78 mm
Width: 18.54 mm
Thickness: 3.18 mm
Weight: 7.3 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Lichfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1107
Four figure Latitude: 52.6606113
Four figure longitude: -1.83880367
1:25K map: SK1107
1:10K map: SK10NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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