DUR-B7B181: DUR-B7B181

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Unique ID: DUR-B7B181

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Description: A complete Posie or Posy finger ring, with plain band and interior Roman script ' inscription, dating to the mid post-medieval period (c. AD1600-1700).

The ring is 'D' shaped in section with a plain convex outer band. Around the inner band is inscribed the legend: 'In the my Choyce I doe rejoyce' (In thee my choice I do rejoice) in italic lettering, prefixed by the letter 'H'.

Discussion: The inscription is listed in Evans (1931, 60) with the correct spelling of 'thee', and a number of similar plain gold band rings with the inscription are held in the British Museum's collection, including: 1961, 1202.40; 1961, 1202.27; AF.1299. All of the latter feature makers marks, and date from the later 16th to the later 17th century. It may be that the letter 'H' that prefixes the inscription of this Posy is also a maker's mark.

Dimensions: 20.92mm diameter, 17.54mm internal diameter, 4.93mm high, 1.78mm band thickness, 5.6g in weight.


This item qualifies as Treasure under the criteria of the 1996 Treasure Act, being more than 300 years old and containing in excess of 10% precious metal

Treasure number:

Evans, J., 1931. English posies and posy rings: a catalogue. Oxford University Press, HMilford, London.

Class: posy

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T192


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 4.93 mm
Weight: 5.6 g
Diameter: 20.92 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2018T192

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
District: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: High Coniscliffe area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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Updated: 2 months ago

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