NMGW-6719BC: Post medieval gold posy finger-ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-6719BC

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

Gold posy ring of flattened D cross-section, and slightly mishapen. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text Fear God love me in italic script, preceded with a small rectangular hall mark with the initials AP. The ascenders on the d of the text turn to the left, ending in a small loop. The ascenders on the 'l' turn to right, ending in a small loop. These features can be seen in early eighteenth-century writing guides, such as George Shelley's Penna Volans, after ye English, French & Dutch Way, of c. 1710, and examples of business writing of about 1711 (Whalley 1980, 252-3), but not fashionable writing guides from about 1717 onwards.
External hoop diameter 20.3 x 21.1mm; internal hoop diameter 17-18.6mm; band width 4.3mm; band thickness 1.2mm; weight 5.74g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.
The form of the ring and style of lettering indicates that it dates to the early eighteenth century. The hall mark has yet to be identified, but is consistent with known marks of the early eighteenth century. While one cannot be certain of the exact date of manufacture from the style of script alone, and one has to take into account the age of the engraver, and the speed with which learnt engraving style changed with fashion, the letter style on this example dates between 1700 and 1720, and the balance of probability in this case is that the ring was made before 1715.

Class: Posy
Inscription: Fear God love me

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014TW30


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1715

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 4.3 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 5.74 g
Diameter: 21.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 23rd August 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Mark Redknap
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: ST 2016.35
Treasure case number: 2014TW30

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Rhoose (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST0668
Four figure Latitude: 51.40321198
Four figure longitude: -3.35273447
1:25K map: ST0668
1:10K map: ST06NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

References cited

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Audit data

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Updated: 2 years ago

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