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Unique ID: DUR-7D1FB7

Object type certainty: Certain
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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. The ring is slightly misshapen, and is thus sub-oval in plan. Around the inner band is inscribed the legend: 'love as I or else die' in crude italic lettering.

Discussion: The inscription is listed in Evans (1931, 72) with three variations of spelling ('elce' and 'dye'). Of these, one is drawn from the British Museum collections (Museum number AF.1335), dated to 1724 based on an approximate date taken from a mourning ring with the same makers mark. The style of inscribed lettering of the ring described above would indicate a slightly earlier date, possibly in the mid 17th century - see for example illustrations from 17th century books in Whalley (1980, 221-227).

Dimensions: 19.53mm long, 17.55mm wide, 1.96mm high, 0.92mm band thickness, 1.1g in weight.

Notes: 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: 2018-T428

Evans, J., 1931. English posies and posy rings: a catalogue. Oxford University Press, London.
Whalley, J. 1980. The Art of Calligraphy: Western Europe & America. Bloomsbury books, London.

Author: Benjamin Westwood, Finds Liaison Officer for Durham, Darlington & Teesside

Date: 29/06/18

Class: posy

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T428


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.53 mm
Height: 1.96 mm
Width: 17.55 mm
Thickness: 0.92 mm
Weight: 1.1 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2018T428

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Shincliffe 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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