NMGW-19DF6E: Post Medieval silver finger ring

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Unique ID: NMGW-19DF6E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Post Medieval silver fede or fidelity ring, very worn on outside but probably once gilt.

The broad hoop has a plain outer surface, and a flattened D cross-section. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text: I ˣ LIKE ˣ MY ˣ CHOYSE, in Roman capitals. Internal hoop diameter 19.7 mm; external hoop diameter 22.3mm; band width 6 mm; band T. 1mm; weight 4.25g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.


The style of the lettering and decoration, and form of the ring indicate that it is of 17th- century date. Dating is therefore reliant on the legend and the style of lettering, which is typical of a seventeenth-century date. The inscription may be compared to mottoes such as 'Lets live & die in unity', 'Thee and i will louers die', 'thinke on me;' (Dalton 1912, nos 1234, 1300, 1302), and in particular 'I LIKe MY CHOIS' on a sixteenth or seventeenth-century silver-gilt posy ring from Chudleigh, Devon (TAR 2003, no. 257), and 'I LIKE MY CHOYEC' on a posy ring from Queen Camel, Somerset (TAR 2004, no. 306). The Chudleigh ring, of similar cross-section to the Llanmaes ring, also displays severe external loss of gilding on the hoop. Similar mottoes include I LICKE MY CHOYS on a very similar seventeenth-century finger ring from Llanmaes (9.05) and +LET + LIKING + LAST + on an enamelled seventeenth-century finger ring from Llantrithyd (4.3; TAR 2004, no. 501).

Class: Silver gilt
Inscription: I LIKE MY CHOYSE

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015TRW11


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 6 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 4.25 g
Diameter: 22.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 4th May 2012

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 2016.39
Treasure case number: 2015TRW11

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Nicholas and Bonvilston (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST0573
Four figure Latitude: 51.44799023
Four figure longitude: -3.36844838
1:25K map: ST0573
1:10K map: ST07SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
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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