NMS-9E218E: Medieval finger ring

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Unique ID: NMS-9E218E

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

Fragment of medieval silver finger ring or brooch. Four strands of twisted or plaited wire forming a band, slightly flattened on the inner face of the curve, with a flat-sectioned quatrefoil boss soldered to the outer face forming the bezel. Each foil of the boss is engraved to resemble a leaf with angled lines to either side of a median line. Traces of gilding survive on the wire and boss. Not enough survives to estimate the original diameter. Width of band 4mm. Width of boss 7mm. Weight 0.9g.

For a twisted wire brooch see Egan and Pritchard (2002, 254, fig.164, no.1340). 13th - 15th century.


Similar to IOW-18D3B0, thought to be 18th century or later, to WMID-D4CD51, dated 1200 - 1400 and WILT-BCAEAD, dated 1500 - 1550. None of these examples have twisted wire loops.

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T442


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 7 mm
Weight: 0.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 14th March 2016 - Monday 11th April 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 24188
Other reference: KLMD042016
Treasure case number: 2016T442

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Marham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF7110
Four figure Latitude: 52.66075131
Four figure longitude: 0.52697446
1:25K map: TF7110
1:10K map: TF71SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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