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FINGER RING

Unique ID: DUR-A5ECF6

Object type certainty: Certain
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Treasure case 2016-T1074


Description: A cast gold finger ring with 'posy' inscription. The ring is 'D' shaped in cross section with a plain convex outer face and two parallel inscribes lines extending around the outer edges of the band. Around the inner band is inscribed the legend: "constancie is a noble vertue" (constancy is a noble virtue) in italic lettering; no makers mark is visible.


Dimensions and condition: The complete ring measures 17.94mm long, 15.4mm wide, and is 2.3mm high. The band is 0.6mm thick and weighs 0.9g. and is sub-circular in shape. It has been subject to severe post-depositional distortion.


Discussion: Oman (1974, 41) states that italic inscriptions generally replaced those of Roman capitals in the second quarter of the 17th century, until posy rings became unfashionable in the 19th century.


A posy ring with the same inscription, though notably the correct modern spelling of 'constancy', is held in the Spencer George Perceval Collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/46926), and listed in Evans (1933, 29). No date or period is listed in association with the ring.


The inscription is also present upon ring 1961,1202.351 in the British Museum collection, again with the modern spelling variation. Broadly dated from the 17th to 18th century, the ring is cross-referenced to PAS LON-CCECD2 (2016T748; a mourning ring) on the basis of the makers marks 'JH'. The inscription present on this latter ring firmly dates it 1701.


The use of florid lower-case italic lettering, and the spelling variations 'constancie' and 'vertue' indicates that this ring (DUR-A5ECF6) predates those listed above. Consequently, a mid-17th century date is suggested.

Inscription: constancie is a noble vertue

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T1074

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.94 mm
Height: 2.3 mm
Width: 15.4 mm
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.9 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T1074

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
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)
Parish or ward: Thwing (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0570
Four figure Latitude: 54.11516208
Four figure longitude: -0.39519821
1:25K map: TA0570
1:10K map: TA07SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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