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Unique ID: SF-FFB26D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

The outer face of the hoop has prominent double ridged borders and the sunken field between these is decorated with a continuous incised leaf scroll motif, this has some small specks of the original black enamel infill surviving. The plain inner face has an inscribed legend mostly in seriffed capital lettering reading + LEARNE To DIE, this lettering also has traces of black enamel inlay.

Date: later 16th century

Dimensions: 17.67mmin external diameter and 16.06mm internally, 5.41mm in hoop height, 2.915g in weight.

Discussion: A memento mori ring in the British Museum (AF.2986), dated 1703/4, bears the inscription LEARN TO DYE but it is of later form, featuring a crystal setting covering a scene of two lovers and a winged skull. The Near Woodbridge ring is similar in form to other finger rings of 16th century date such as 2011 T613 and 2016 T310.

The object contains more than 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Faye Minter SCCAS, June 2018

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st June 2018

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Near Woodbridge

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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