YORYM-FCA9E5: Medieval : Finger Ring

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TREASURE CASE : 2016 T1030.


A complete, though damaged, gold iconographic finger ring of medieval date, c.AD 1450 - 1550. The hoop of the ring is circular with a D-shaped section which widens to a rectangular bezel. The bezel itself is double faceted with a central dividing ridge which extends into the hoop. Rectilinear panels are present to either side of the bezel, each containing the incised figure of a saint. To the right, St Catherine is depicted with a wheel. To the left, St George is depicted standing atop a dragon.

The hoop is decorated with seven evenly spaced, transverse ribbed ridges, beginning with the central ridges to either side of the bezel. The shoulders, to either side of the ridges, have incised foliate motifs of flowers on stems with five petals. The left shoulder, above the depiction of St George, has an irregular nick to the outer edge. The interior surface of the hoop is undecorated.


Hoop: Diameter: 20.4mm; Width: 4.2mm; Thickness: 1.7mm.

Bezel: Length: 11.7mm; Width: 7.4mm; Thickness: 3.1mm.

Weight: 4.6g.


Both St George and St Catherine are commonly depicted within medieval art and jewellery. They are generally less frequently found together. 2014 T556 (SOM-21BA62) is a similar finger ring, depicting St George and with comparable hoop decoration. 2003 T318 (SUSS-72D0D5) is a similarly faceted example, though in silver, depicting St Catherine alongside St Barbara. 2006 T591 (IOW-6C4ED7), 2015 T712 (SUR-9628F9), and 2004 T14 (KENT-EBFB32) are similarly faceted rings depicting a range of different saints.


In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Author and title:

Rebecca Griffiths

FLO for North and East Yorkshire


24th January 2017

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Sold at Hanson's Auctioneers on 23 January 2018
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T1030


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 11.7 mm
Width: 7.4 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 4.6 g
Diameter: 20.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2016 - Wednesday 31st August 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Duncan Marks
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05173
Treasure case number: 2016T1030

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Beverley Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Sold at Hanson's Auctioneers on 23 January 2018
General landuse: Other

References cited

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