BUC-FD7547: Post medieval gold finger ring

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Unique ID: BUC-FD7547

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete gold finger ring, possibly dating to the medieval to post medieval period, AD 1500-1800.

The hoop of the finger ring is oval in shape, and expands slightly at the bezel. The bezel has two sunken fittings, one containing a blue stone or glass, this is sub oval in shape. The gold overlaps the stone to hold it in place. The second fitting is missing the setting, and has a circular indentation where the fitting would have been. Running around the fittings and the hoop is moulded decoration. The hoop is decorated with a repeated scale pattern, which overlaps the previous line. At the centre of the back of the hoop, on the opposite side to the bezel, is a rectangular strip running down the hoop on the outside and breaking the scale pattern. This seems to be decorated with incised diagonal lines. The inside of the hoop is undecorated, and has irregular scratches, possibly from manufacturing.

The finger ring is a bright orange gold colour, and measures 20.9mm in diameter, 5.3mm in width, 2.1mm in thickness and weighs 8.09g.


The finger-ring is over 300 years in date and has a precious metal content of over 10%. Consequently, in terms of age and precious metal content, the object qualifies as potential Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Sold at Hanson's Auction 9 December 2021, Lot 149
Subsequent action after recording: Declared Treasure but returned to Finder as Museum unable to acquire

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2019T195


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.9 mm
Width: 5.3 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 8.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th February 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: AYBCM 4939
Treasure case number: 2019T195

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
Parish or ward: Whaddon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP8033
Four figure Latitude: 51.9897011
Four figure longitude: -0.83637032
1:25K map: SP8033
1:10K map: SP83SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date found
Current location: Sold at Hanson's Auction 9 December 2021, Lot 149
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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