NMGW-3BA0FE: Post medieval gold posy finger-ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-3BA0FE

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Gold ring in the form of a plain broad band of flattened D cross section. The inner face is engraved with legend
in Roman capitals.
The hoop has an internal diameter of 19mm; external diameter of 21.6mm; band width 5.7mm; band thickness of 0.9mm; weight 6.41g.

The finger ring from Llangunllo has a form which is hard to date, existing in the fifteenth century, and continuing up to the present. Dating is therefore reliant on the legend and the style of lettering, which is typical of a seventeenth-century date. There are a number of variants of this inscription recorded (see Evans 1931, 54), which falls into the same category as rings with mottoes such as 'Lets live & die in unity', 'Thee and i will louers die', 'thinke on me;' (Dalton 1912, nos 1234, 1300, 1302). Specific variations include 'I LIKe MY CHOIS' on a sixteenth or seventeenth-century silver-gilt posy ring from Chudleigh, Devon (TAR 2003, no. 257), and 'I LIKE MY CHOYEC' on a posy ring from Queen Camel, Somerset (TAR 2004, no. 306). Examples of this motto of rings from Wales include I LICKE MY CHOYS (Llanmaes, Treasure Case 9.05) and I like my choice (Graig, Newport; Treasure Case 10.15). The style is lettering may be compared with that on a seventeenth-century posy ring inscribed 'PITYE THE POOWR', with similar crosslets and floral stop, from Aldwych, London (Murdoch 1991, no. 124), and one from Penllyn engraved 'LEVE TO DYE' (TAR 2007, no. 366).

Class: Posy

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014TW07


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 5.7 mm
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 6.41 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 22nd May 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Mark Redknap
Identified by: Mr Jeff Spencer

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014TW07

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Powys (Unitary Authority)
District: Powys (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llangunllo (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO2274
Four figure Latitude: 52.358487
Four figure longitude: -3.14677031
1:25K map: SO2274
1:10K map: SO27SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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