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Record ID: PAS-ADC81F
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval silver-gilt iconographic ring. The bezel is engraved with the figure of a female saint, probably St Barbara, holding a tower in her left hand and possibly a palm branch in her right. The hoop and shoulders are wreathed, forming a ridge along each shoulder. The facetted shoulders are engraved with flowers and leaves, which may originally have been enamelled. The gilding survives inside the hoop and in the recessed areas outside the hoop and on the bezel. The ring dates to the 15th century. Dimensions: height 24 mm, width 21 mm, width of bezel 7 mm. In terms of age a…
Created on: Friday 9th December 2016
Last updated: Friday 19th May 2017
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Record ID: PAS-A9E9AA
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A late medieval silver-gilt ring, the hoop of which is decorated with engraved lozenges and half-lozenges creating a criss-cross effect. The spaces are decorated with sub foliate motifs. Gilding remains only in the deepest recesses of the design. The ring dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.
Created on: Friday 9th December 2016
Last updated: Friday 9th December 2016
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Record ID: PAS-1382E2
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold medieval ring brooch of thirteenth-century date. The brooch is annular-shaped with two raised collets, both of which are set with pink gemstones identified by raman spectroscopy as almandine garnets. The pin has a collar and rests against a small foliate quatrefoil at the opposite end. The face of the brooch is bifaceted and inscribed with Lombardic characters: + IESVI ICIE NILV DAMI. The modern French might be: Je suis ici in lieu d'ami which can be translated as 'I am here in place of a friend'. The reverse of the brooch is plain. Lightbown cites a different type of brooch wi…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Last updated: Monday 16th April 2018
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Record ID: PAS-56385F
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold reliquary pendant containing a rock crystal, now cracked. The frame is rectangular, slightly damaged at the base on the reverse side. The backing plate is intact with some scratches. A projecting loop at the top holds the suspension ring. Four further projecting loops survive at each corner, with one remaining gold spangle suspended from the loop at the bottom left. The other spangles do not survive. Five small gold posts project from the frame, two on each side and one at the base. Originally these posts would have held pearls, but these do not survive. Rock crysta…
Created on: Tuesday 1st September 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Record ID: PAS-A36D2D
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval finger-ring consisting of a wide, flat hoop with an applied beaded-wire border, the beading now rather worn. There is no bezel. Within the border is a double-line inscription in lower-case black-letter script; it is relatively clearly readable for this type of script. + AMOUR : VAINT : TOUT FORS CEUR . DE . VILLAIN + AMOUR: EN: VOIE : SOULLAS : E YOIE The S in 'soullas' is in the shape of a C, which is not uncommon in black-letter inscriptions. The inscription means 'Love conquers all except the heart of a villain. Love sends solace and joy'. The finger-ring is …
Created on: Friday 24th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
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Record ID: PAS-A33562
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval finger-ring consisting of a simple band with raised borders. It is inscribed with the names of the three magi: *YASPAR . MELCHIOR . BALTASAR The names of the magi were believed to have curative powers in the middle ages. They were considered especially effective in cases of epilepsy. The finger-ring dates from the fifteenth century and examination at the British Museum has confirmed the metal to be gold. The object contains at least 10 per cent of that precious metal by weight.
Created on: Friday 24th October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-A2DC87
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold finger-ring consisting of a slender hoop which gradually widens, extending into a twin bezel set with a turquoise and a garnet. At the point where the bezel construction begins, the shoulders of the ring are decorated with two lozenges on each side containing crosses. Stones were believed to have magical, protective qualities in the Middle Ages. The turquoise, for instance, was believed to protect its wearer from riding accidents, drowning and poisoning. Similar rings exist in the British Museum collection (O M Dalton, Catalogue of Finger Rings, (London1912), cat.nos…
Created on: Friday 24th October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-903688
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold, medieval finger-ring, the hoop decorated with a series of letter S's juxtaposed with knots, a continuous band running between them. The background is heavily grooved, while the border is left plain. The diminutive size of the ring suggests that it was designed either for a child or a young woman. It measures 16mm in diameter. The ring dates from the fifteenth century and examination at the British Museum has established the gold content to be in excess of ten per cent of its weight.
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-81B51C
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description Decorative gold stirrup-shaped ring. It has a small bezel for an opaque light blue cabochon stone (?light blue sapphire) or glass (measuring 2x3mm), and a gold hoop of flattened oval cross-section. The internal hoop diameter is 18.5 mm (very slightly misshapen). Hoop width 1.5 mm; bezel width 2 mm. Weight 2.168g. Metal Content To judge from the colour and weight, and visual comparison with other gold rings and brooches in the collections of the Department of Archaeology & Numismatics, the item is gold (over 10%). Conclusions The form of the decorative, stirrup-shaped …
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-817076
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description Decorative gold ring with a large circular bezel (diameter 7mm), set with a small uncut (cabochon) blue stone, probably a sapphire. There is a small transverse ridge on each side of the bezel at the junction with the hoop, and the underside of the bezel is chamfered. The hoop is slightly misshapen, but may have had an original internal hoop diameter of 18-20mm (external diameter 22-23mm). It has a flattened oval cross-section, and expands slightly towards the bezel. Weight 2.69g. The finger ring from Llanharry has a form typical of a 12th or 13th century date (cf. Trea…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Thursday 23rd October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-81128C
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gateshead
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold finger-ring, with a four-cusped setting containing a transparent imitation 'gemstone'. The hoop is stirrup-shaped and the shoulders are each engraved with panels of foliate decoration. The hoop is slender and slightly bent. The ring probably dates to the 14th or 15th century. Analysis at the British Museum has shown that it is made of gold, and that the 'gemstone' is probably made of glass. The ring weighs 2.7grams, and the diameter is 21mm.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-80C250
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold finger-ring, with a raised octagonal fluted bezel set with an oval turquoise. The slender hoop is D-shaped, and slightly distorted. The ring probably dates to the 14th century. Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the ring at the British Museum indicates a gold content of approximately 83%. The stone has been identified by Raman Microscopy as turquoise. The ring weighs 2.23 grams. The form of this ring is unusual. The closest comparable example is a ring in the British Museum with a hexagonal bezel set with an emerald, but on this ring the bezel is bevell…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-809196
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval finger-ring set with a garnet. The slender hoop is triangular in section creating two distinct registers which carry a complicated inscription, the meaning of which is not clear. The inscription seems to begin (and end?) with a cross. Thereafter letters are reversed and inverted in a very confusing fashion. It is punctuated with colons and divided by three evenly spaced four-petalled flowers. The top register reads: + I : E S (reversed): (the following letters are then inverted) FLVR: V I (flower) V I F L (reversed) V (flower ) I E: S + The bottom register reads: I F …
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-804C91
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval, stirrup-shaped finger-ring set with a sapphire. The hoop is slender and triangular in section creating two distinct registers which are decorated with simple double punches which are divided by five, evenly spaced, four-petalled flowers. The ring is of thirteenth century date and scientific analysis at the British Museum has established the gold content to be approximately 67%.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-D077FE
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold finger-ring of the type known as iconographic due to the representations of saints or religious scenes that characterise them. The hoop of this ring is engraved with five different scenes, each contained within an oval bezel and set against a black enamel ground. The scenes are the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Resurrection, the Assumption of the Virgin and the Ascension of the Lord. The ring dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. Examination at the British Museum has established the precious metal content to be in excess of the required ten per…
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 14th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-BB5AF4
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval finger-ring, much distorted. The hoop is a simple band of gold, set with what would have been a square bezel. The stone which the bezel would have contained is lost. The finger-ring is gold and dates from the 13th century. Dimensions: length 26 mm, maximum width 17 mm.
Created on: Monday 13th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 13th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shoreham-by-Sea', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-BAD39E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A simple, medieval gold ring set with a garnet. The hoop is mis-shapen and elongated into an oval. The circular bezel which contains the stone is decorated with crudely incised, vertical lines. The ring dates from the thirteenth century and examination at the British Museum has established the gold content to be in excess of ten per cent of its weight.
Created on: Monday 13th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 30th May 2017
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Record ID: PAS-B9D88E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold, medieval finger ring consisting of a simple, undecorated wire hoop and a small, oval bezel. The bezel is designed to contain a stone which is now lost. Examination at the British Museum has established the precious metal content to be in excess of the required ten per cent of the ring's weight. The date of the ring is late twelfth or early thirteenth century.
Created on: Monday 13th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 13th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-89FB5E
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The pendant dates to the 15th century (probably the second half 1450 - 1500). A gold, lozenge or diamond shaped pendant with integrated suspension loop. There are small traces of blue and white enamel surviving on both sides of the pendant. There is a small border around the outside of both sides of the object. On one side of the pendant the Annunciation is engraved showing the angel Gabriel kneeling before a seated Virgin Mary. In between the figures there is a vase or pot with flowers (presumably lilies). At the top of the scene are deep incised lines with traces of blue enamel, …
Created on: Friday 30th May 2014
Last updated: Friday 2nd September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorton area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-E208C8
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A silver annular brooch. The hoop is plain with a thicker ridge raised towards the join of the pin. The pin is plain except for a small raised band around its base. For other examples of this common brooch type please see 2004 T69, or 2012 T263. For further information on brooch types see the reference listed below. Dimensions: Weight: 2g Diameter: 22.00 mm
Created on: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Last updated: Thursday 3rd September 2015
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