NLM-E8DFF6: Medieval Signet Ring

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Unique ID: NLM-E8DFF6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy finger ring. Cast signet ring with an oval bezel bearing a W rendered as two deeply incised V-shaped cuts, appearing doubled, and with a schematic open crown above it defined by angled cuts. This may refer to a personal name or to the Marian shrine at Walsingham, the former perhaps more likely in the context of a signet ring, and pointing to the use of an English style of personal nomenclature. The band diminishes in width at its D-section shoulders, and has acquired a round section by its narrowest point opposite the bezel. The motif suggests a later medieval date (Pateman, B. 2008, An illustrated guide to collecting seals, Whitehall Press, London, page 107). Suggested date: Late Medieval to Early Post-Medieval, 1475-1525

Internal diameter: 22.4mm, Band Width (at bezel): 8.9mm, Thickness (at shoulder): 3.2mm, Weight: 5.92gms

Class: Signet
Inscription: W

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Undergoing further examination at a museum


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1475
Date to: Circa AD 1525

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 8.9 mm
Thickness: 3.2 mm
Weight: 5.92 g
Diameter: 22.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 11th April 2013

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM45028

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Heraldic
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: South Ferriby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9921
Four figure Latitude: 53.67609995
Four figure longitude: -0.50277172
1:25K map: SE9921
1:10K map: SE92SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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