NMGW-C55D9F: Medieval silver gilt finger ring

Rights Holder: National Museum Wales
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Unique ID: NMGW-C55D9F

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver gilt decorative ring with two transverse flutes on the bezel, each engraved with a repeating pattern of alternating flowers filling triangular panels. The bezel is separated from the hoop by a deep transverse mouldings of each side. Below these mouldings, the hoop has a median ridge on each side, each facet with engraved sprig-like decoration. The inside of the oval hoop is plain.

Internal hoop diameter 19.3mm x 21.3mm; bezel width 8.7mm; band thickness at base 1.4mm; weight 5.16g.

The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.


The form of the ring is late medieval, and the decoration similar to that of some late fifteenth-century gold decorative rings, including iconographic rings (e.g. Taylor and Scarisbrick 1978, nos 426, 427). A similar flower motif occurs on a late medieval silver gilt decorative ring in the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A 6769-1860; Oman 1930, no. 269).

Class: Silver gilt

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015TRW17


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.4 mm
Weight: 5.16 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 21st June 2015

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: STTS 2017.06
Treasure case number: 2015TRW17

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Ceredigion (Unitary Authority)
District: Ceredigion (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llanilar (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SN6075
Four figure Latitude: 52.35513315
Four figure longitude: -4.05709519
1:25K map: SN6075
1:10K map: SN67NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Oman, C. 1993 Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue of Rings 1930 Ipswich Anglia Publishing
Taylor, G. and Scarisbrick, D. 1978 Finger rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day Lund Humphries (for the Ashmolean Museum Oxford and the Worshipful Cmpany of Goldsmiths, London)

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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