NMGW-1995D1: Medieval silver gilt finger ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-1995D1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Late Medieval or Early Post Medieval silver gilt fede ('faith') ring with external inscription on a plain central band, separated by a deep grooves from a 'beaded' border made up of parallel grooves. The bezel takes the form of a solid casting, raised and narrower than the band width of the ring.
The inscription reads: jaspar : melchior : baltazar : in a mixture of upper and lower case crude black letter script. Triple dots separate words, and the last name is separated from the bezel by an engraved meander with dots.
The inside of the hoop is plain.
Internal hoop diameter 17.9mm; external hoop diameter 22.5mm; band width 6.5mm; band thickness 2mm; weight 6.62g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.


The form of the ring is similar to that of some fourteenth/fifteenth-century gold decorative rings. The legend invokes the names of the magi, or Three Kings, supposed to be especially effective against falling sickness and fever. Fifteenth-century variations include Jasper.melchior.baltasar, in god is ar (Dalton 1912, no. 885), IaspparBalta*/sar Melchior (ibid, no. 888). Another example was exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in March 1864 (Proc Soc Ant 1864, 362).

The letter 'h', 'l' and 'e' forms are used commonly between the 1350s-1480s, the capital A with angled left stroke in the fourteenth century.

Class: Silver Gilt
Inscription: jaspar : melchior : baltazar

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Tenby Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015TRW08


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 6.5 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 6.62 g
Diameter: 22.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 12th October 2013

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: STTS 2016.43
Treasure case number: 2015TRW08

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Lamphey (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SN0001
Four figure Latitude: 51.67207597
Four figure longitude: -4.8938168
1:25K map: SN0001
1:10K map: SN00SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Tenby Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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