BERK-7BCFFC: Post-Medieval gold finger-ring

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Description: A gold finger-ring in the form of a belt looped through a buckle. The ring's bezel is designed to appear like the tip of the belt passes through the buckle, up and around the interior of the hoop (which also is decorated with the buckle pin and belt loop) and back up through itself to form a loose knot, with the end protruding above the buckle. The rest of the exterior of the hoop is decorated in a floral motif with each side of the ring mirroring the other. The interior of the ring is inscribed in Roman capital letters 'ALTRO+NON+CHEADO'. Several of the letters retain black enamelling.

Diameter: 20.7mm, Height (at belt tip): 7.1mm, Weight: 6.5g

Discussion: The inscription, in Italian, roughly translates as 'I don't ask for anything else', and is intended as a message of love for the recipient of the ring. Rings of this general design are known as early as the 14th century (cf. OA.7468 in the collection of the British Museum) but similar examples reported under the Treasure Act include one found in Newent, Gloucestershire (Treasure case 2009 T135; GLO-244613) inscribed TIME.TRIETH.TRVTH and dated to the 17th century, and another found in Edgefield, Norfolk (2007 T359; NMS-411415). Inscribed 'TOVT+PAR+AMOVR' that ring was dated to the late 16th/early 17th century and acquired by Norwich Castle Museum.


The age and precious metal content of this ring meet the criteria for Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.


Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T1063


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 7.1 mm
Weight: 6.5 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th December 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Mr Ian Richardson

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2016.632
Treasure case number: 2016T1063

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Enamel
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Brightwalton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4280
Four figure Latitude: 51.51736692
Four figure longitude: -1.39610162
1:25K map: SU4280
1:10K map: SU48SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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