IOW-4CEB3C: Post-Medieval: Finger-ring with Gem

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Unique ID: IOW-4CEB3C

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

An almost complete post-Medieval gold finger-ring (c. 1750-c. 1800).

The gem is incomplete.

This finger-ring has a split hoop with a raised decorative curvilinear feature on each shoulder. Below the shoulders the hoop has two circumferential grooves on the external face. The base of the hoop has been stamped with the numeral '18' and another mark which is illegible. The bezel is rectangular and the sides flare to a bevelled rim. The bezel contains a pinkish cut gem and his held in place by small 'claws'. The underside of the bezel is convex. The bezel is damaged but is complete and a small portion of the gem is missing where a break has occurred.

The gem, according to the finder, might be a topaz.

Height: 22.7mm; width: 18.3mm; length of bezel: 10.0mm; width of bezel: 9.0mm; thickness of bezel: 5.3mm. Weight: 2.95g.

Judy Rudoe of the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory at the British Museum has kindly given advice on the dating of this finger-ring.

Inscription: 18

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1750
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 22.7 mm
Width: 18.3 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 2.95 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 20th February 2019 - Wednesday 20th February 2019

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Ms Judy Rudoe

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-1-38

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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