YORYM-D4B83C: Post Medieval : Finger Ring

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Unique ID: YORYM-D4B83C

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A complete gold posy ring of post-medieval date, c.AD 1600 - 1700. The posy ring is circular in plan with a D-shaped section. No join mark is evident on the hoop and the exterior surface is undecorated. The interior surface of the finger ring is inscribed with capitalised text reading "*TIME TRIETH TRVTH". The M and E in 'TIME' are ligated. No makers mark is present.


Diameter: 16.2mm; Width: 3.2mm; Thickness: 0.8mm; Weight: 1.3g.


The practice of giving rings engraved with mottoes at betrothals or weddings was common in England from the sixteenth century onwards, and continued until the late eighteenth century. Posy rings could, however be given on many other occasions as a token of friendship or loyalty. They could also contain religious and memorial inscriptions.

A ring in the collection of the British Museum (1961,1202.450) features a similar capital letter inscription 'TIME TRIETH ALL'. That ring also lacks a maker's mark and is given a broad date of 17th - 18th Century. Generally speaking, however, capital letter inscriptions are more common on rings up to the middle of the 17th Century, when italic lettering becomes more prevalent. Furthermore, the inscription 'Tyme tryeth truth' is recorded by Dame Evans (1931: 101) and linked to a manuscript from 1596. On balance, then this ring would appear to date from the 17th Century.


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

Date: 7th June 2017

Reference: Evans, Joan. 1931. English Posies and Posy Rings. London: Oxford University Press.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T502


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 3.2 mm
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 1.3 g
Diameter: 16.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 30th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Duncan Marks
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Secondary identifier: Mr Ian Richardson

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05297
Treasure case number: 2017T502

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
To be known as: Brandsby 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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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